Overlooked casualties : stories of families affected by vaccine-preventable diseases
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The invention of the vaccine has been one of the greatest public health triumphs of the modern world. Each new vaccine has saved thousands - even millions - of lives worldwide, but this success has been fraught with controversy over the safety and even the effectiveness of vaccines. Vaccines have not always had a spotless safety record, but today’s vaccines are incredibly safe and continue to protect millions of people against diseases that have significantly declined or nearly disappeared from the developing world. It is this very success that has led many people to forget, or never discover, what those diseases are and how destructive they can be. This report tells the story of several families whose lives were deeply affected by vaccine-preventable diseases, accompanied with images that help tell their story. Following these stories is a broader discussion of the issues related to vaccines, the misunderstandings and misinformation that often circulate about them, a brief mention of their safety and efficacy, and a general discussion of many of the diseases they can prevent.