By Clare Fleishman, MS, RD, for the International Probiotics Association
Vaccines, A SnapshotAs defined by the CDC, a vaccine is a product that stimulates a person's immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. The smallpox vaccine was the first vaccine to be developed, back in 1796. Since then, numerous vaccines have been deployed against life-threatening diseases. Immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, and measles.
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