Today, there are vaccines for dozens of diseases, created using methods that Edward Jenner developed over 200 years ago. There are vaccines for many illnesses, including tuberculosis, polio and measles. In Ontario, young children are commonly given vaccinations against nine terrible diseases, and are given more vaccines as they get older. Because of this, our children grow up without ever knowing the pain, suffering and death that these diseases bring.
Vaccines are safe, effective, and provide lasting protection for the health of millions each year. However, recently a Hollywood actress went on television and said vaccinating children was bad for them. She was pretty and seemed like she knew what she was talking about, so some people believed her. It turned out it was a big lie. This made a lot of people angry, and the actress was declared the biggest hazard to public health in the last 100 years. However, the damage had already been done. Over a million children around the world will die this year of vaccine-preventable diseases.