Vaccines are one of the greatest inventions of all time, responsible for preventing over 2.5 million deaths every year. The first noted use of vaccines is recorded in 10th century China, but it was during the 18th century that they were given serious attention after English doctor Edward Jenner successfully developed an inoculation for smallpox. Within 100 years a range of vaccinations for multiple diseases was available, and have been monumental in saving lives around the globe. For example, between 2000 and 2008, global measles deaths dropped by 78 percent, with higher rates in sub-Saharan Africa, with a 92 percent decrease. Currently, worldwide efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other institutions are aiming at eradication of several debilitating diseases.
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