Ongoing Efforts To Vaccinate Children Against Polio, Measles and Other Deadly Diseases

An Iraqi doctor gives a polio vaccine to a child at a health clinic in Baghdad. Iraq aims to vaccinate millions of children across the country against the highly contagious polio virus in response to an outbreak of the disease in the country as well as the region.   - AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

An Iraqi doctor gives a polio vaccine to a child at a health clinic in Baghdad. Iraq aims to vaccinate millions of children across the country against the highly contagious polio virus in response to an outbreak of the disease in the country as well as the region.

AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Ongoing Efforts To Vaccinate Children Against Polio, Measles and Other Deadly Diseases

Over the last 14 years, an international effort to immunize children around the world has saved an estimated 6 million lives. We discuss efforts to eradicate polio, measles and other deadly childhood diseases and why some U.S. parents resist.

In 1966, scientists developed a vaccine for measles. By the year 2000, the disease was considered eradicated in the U.S., a major public health victory. Fast forward to today and cases of measles have reached a 20-year high. The reason, doctors say, is because people are choosing not to be vaccinated or have their children vaccinated. It’s a troubling trend for public health officials in the developed world. The story is quite different in poor countries where 22 million children have little access to basic vaccines. Diane and her panel of experts discuss efforts to eradicate polio, measles and other deadly diseases and why some U.S. parents are resisting.

Guests

Dr. Anne Schuchat

director, CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Susan Dentzer

senior policy adviser, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and on-air analyst on health issues, PBS NewsHour.

Dr. Seth Berkley

CEO, GAVI Alliance

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