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Vaccines save over 700,000 lives

More than 300 million illnesses have been prevented over the past two decades because of vaccines, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. In addition, at least 732,000 child deaths have been prevented since 1994, according to the National Immunization Survey, which monitors vaccination coverage among U.S. children 19 to 35 months old. "Vaccinations are so essential to health care," says Dr. Adeshola Ezeokoli, an internal medicine physician at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. "It really does save lives." Vaccinations are also trending upward as more children are getting immunized. The CDC reported that 90 percent of children under...