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"Vaccinations have significantly reduced the burden of infectious diseases, preventing almost 6 million deaths worldwide.1,2 In the United States, vaccines have led to a decrease in incidence of vaccine-preventable illness, mortality, and disease sequelae.3 Despite the proven benefit of vaccines, misinformation and failure to vaccinate has led to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. As of December 29, 2018, 372 cases of measles (from 17 outbreaks) and 2251 cases of mumps were reported in the United States in 2018.4,5 These outbreaks support the need for continued education of patients and active immunization by pharmacists."


This article was originally published in Pharmacy Times in March 2019.


Pharmacy Times



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