Title
Vaccination in the line of fire Vaccination in the line of fire
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Johannesburg ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
The Southern African journal of epidemiology and infection. - Johannesburg
Volume/pages
23(2008) :1 , p. 53-57
ISSN
1015-8782
vabb
c:vabb:152149
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Infectious diseases lay a heavy burden upon public health in many parts of the world. The toll they take in terms of human suffering, social hardship, and economic cost is huge and as a consequence, preventing and combating them are keys to the development of the most affected regions. A number of these diseases are, fortunately, vaccine preventable and the introduction of vaccination is one of the greatest achievements and most cost-effective interventions in public health that have ever been made. The health impact of current vaccination programmes is tremendous and perhaps only surpassed by the effect of measures to prevent poverty and to introduce clean water and well-functioning sanitation for all.
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