- Immunization has cut measles incidence in the U.S. by 99.9%. As illustrated by the measles outbreak in San Diego, vaccination remains essential.
- Whooping cough rates have increased dramatically over the past thirty years, from a low of 1,000 cases to over 10,000 in 2008. Children who are not immunized against whooping cough have been shown to be 23 times more likely to contract the disease.
- Immunization has nearly eliminated Haemophilus influenzae type b. Before the vaccine became available, 20,000 cases of the disease were reported and nearly 600 died each year in the United States. Unfortunately, cases of this deadly disease are resurfacing in the United States due to lower vaccination rates.
- Influenza continues to take the lives of more than 36,000 Americans each year. 2009’s H1N1 alone resulted in nearly 10,000 deaths and approximately 213,000 hospitalizations. This can be prevented only through annual vaccination against this deadly disease.
Together, we can protect ourselves and each other from potentially deadly diseases. Please make sure you and your loved ones are immunized on time, every time. For more information about vaccines and immunization, talk to your health care provider, or local or state health agency.
Organizations in Support
American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA)
Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation
California Academy of Family Physicians
California Academy of Physician Assistants
California Kids Healthcare Foundation
California Pharmacists Association
California Immunization Coalition
California School Health Center Association
California State Rural Health Association
Contra Costa Health Services
County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department
County of Sonoma Public Health Division
Health Net , Inc
Immunization Action Coalition
Immunization Coalition of LA County
Marin Immunization Coalition
Orange County Immunization Coalition
San Diego Immunization Coalition
San Francisco Immunization Coalition
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
Solano County Immunization Program
Individuals in Support
M. Stephan Baranov, Exec. Director, South LA Health Projects
Dean A. Blumberg, MD
Oliver T. Brooks, MD
Maria I. Fernandez, MPH, CHES, Los Angeles
Mark Finch, MD
Kathleen Worthing Gustafson
James McCarty, MD, Children’s Hospital Central California
Sandra S. Navarro, PhD, MPH
Patricia G. Porter, RN, MPH, CHES, Health Professional, Healthcare Consultant, Parent, and Immunization Advocate
David Pugatch, MD, Children’s Hospital Central California
Patricia Samuelson MD
Hoa Su, MPH