Did You Know?

  • Nevada requires all children to be fully immunized before going to childcare or school.
  • Tetanus is also called “lockjaw” because it causes stiffness of the jaw and neck.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in a wheelchair because he had polio.
  • Chickenpox disease got its name because the blisters looked like chickpeas.
  • Some people believe that Sacagawea, the guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, died of diphtheria.
  • An outbreak of diphtheria led to the famous Alaskan dog sled run. Diphtheria antitoxin had to be rushed from Nenana to Nome, Alaska by dog sled.
  • The word vaccine comes from the latin word for cow, because cowpox was used as a cure for smallpox.
  • Benjamin Franklin’s son died of smallpox after he refused to have his son receive the precursor to the smallpox vaccine.
  • During the Civil War, more than 4,000 troops died of measles.
  • The word rubella means “little red” and was used to describe an outbreak at a boys’ school in India.
  • Around the world, some moms walk as far as 15 miles to reach life-saving vaccines for their children.
  • Two of the most common causes of child death – pneumonia and diarrhea – can be largely prevented by existing vaccines.
  • The number of children dying every year from preventable diseases in developing countries is nearly equivalent to half the children entering kindergarten in the U.S.
  • Expanding access to vaccines can prevent an additional 1.5 million deaths each year.
  • Although there are some diseases that are virtually non-existent in the U.S., many of these diseases are only a plane ride away.
  • A high vaccination rate among children reduces the chance of an epidemic.

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Updated on:  October 10, 2018

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