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    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

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Vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are conditions which are preventable through vaccines available to protect against these diseases.  Vaccines are counted among the greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century.  Countless lives have been saved and many diseases have been prevented because of vaccines.  Today, vaccine preventable disease levels are at record lows.  Even though most infants and toddlers have received all recommended vaccines by age 2, many under-immunized children remain, leaving the potential for outbreaks of disease.  Many adolescents and adults are under-immunized as well, missing opportunities to protect themselves against diseases such as Hepatitis B, influenza, and pneumococcal disease. Be wise, immunize and protect yourself and your loved ones.


 Comparison of Highest Vaccine Preventable Disease Case Counts and 2015 Case Counts, Texas 
 Disease  Highest Case Count during 20th Century  2015 Case Count  Percent Decrease
 Congenital Rubella Syndrome  12 (1974)  0a  100.0%
 Diphtheria  1,544 (1946)  0a  100.0%
 Haemophilus influenzae type b, invasive  843 (1988)  11  98.7%
 Hepatitis A  4,892 (1973)  147  97.0%
 Hepatitis B, acute  1,960 (1998)  159  91.9%
 Measles  88,000 (1958)  1  >99.9%
 Meningococcal disease, invasive  356 (1951)  30  91.6%
 Mumps  32,939 (1950)  20  >99.9%
 Pertussis  21,588 (1947)  1,504  93.0%
 Pneumococcal disease, invasiveb  1,952 (2009)  1,693  13.3%
 Polio (paralytic)  2,778 (1950)  0a  100.0%
 Rubella  8,408 (1970)  2  >99.9%
 Tetanus  55 (1954)  2  96.4%
 Varicella  26,888 (1997)  1,491a  94.5%
 aHistoric low or tied for lowest annual case count.      
 bReporting of invasive Pneumococcal disease began in 2003.

    

 

Last updated August 1, 2016