Oct 24, 2009 Volume 374 Number 9699 Pages 1393 – 1472
Vaccines and the world of child health
For those in developed countries the few vaccinations of our early years are a distant memory. It is easy to take for granted not only the invisible and long-lasting protective veil that vaccinations draw against potentially fatal infectious diseases, but also the public health transformation wrought by vaccines and other interventions in the past century. Our enviable life expectancy and economic success both depend on them.