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sk any parent to list the common dis-


eases of childhood, and you’re sure to hear ear infections, the common cold, pinkeye, croup and impetigo. But if you


Immunizations improve the health of families, communities and even nations


had asked the same question before the 1900s, the answer would have been quite diff erent. Common childhood illnesses back then included devastating diseases such as measles, polio, diphtheria, whoop- ing cough and meningitis. Parents in the past often lived in fear of losing a child to one of these illnesses, but most parents today enjoy a world where they’ll never see these diseases,


Ready, Set, Grow


HERO The Silent


VACCINES HAVE DEFEATED PAST CHILDHOOD DISEASES THAT MOST PARENTS NEVER SEE TODAY


BY KARLEN E. LUTHY, DNP, FNP


thanks to a silent hero: modern-day immunizations.


An Amazing Discovery T e monumental success of today’s im- munizations started in England during the late 1700s, when


Dr. Edward Jenner fi rst recognized that milkmaids were somehow able to avoid catching smallpox. At the time, smallpox was responsible for the deaths of over 80 percent of infected kids. Jenner noted that the blisters milkmaids developed on their hands from cows infected with cowpox provided protection against the deadly smallpox virus. In 1796, Jenner tested his theory by


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