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Unprotected People Stories

Healthcare professionals may share with their patients these real-life stories of people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases. More than 100 compelling personal testimonies, remembrances, case reports, and newspaper articles are available in PDF format for use as patient handouts.
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About Unprotected People Stories
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Christine Baze on her Yellow Umbrella Tour educating women on HPV
Unprotected People stories are an online collection of more than 100 personal accounts and case reports about vaccine-preventable diseases.
This web section offers visitors an opportunity to read articles about the diseases that are prevented by vaccines. Because immunization has been so successful, vaccine-preventable diseases such as diphtheria and polio are fading from our consciousness.
These stories remind us why vaccines are essential to protecting and preserving our public health. They serve as a counterbalance to anti-vaccine news stories.
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This page was updated on May 3, 2020.
This page was reviewed on May 3, 2020.
 
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