Vaccines Work and these 8 Charts Prove It
By Kiera Butler
April 21, 2014
More kids die of vaccine-preventable diseases every year than the entire population of Philadelphia—but that's a lot less than just 30 years ago.
In honor of World Immunization Week, which begins this Thursday, UNICEF crunched the numbers on vaccines around the globe.
To me, that last graph is the most remarkable: We've more than quadrupled the global average routine immunization rate since 1980. But the hard work isn't over. By 2020, UNICEF and the World Health Organization hope to increase that rate to 90 percent in every country in the world. In some places, that will be a heavy lift. In 2012, the last year for which UNICEF has data, the nations with the lowest rates of routine immunization in the world were Equatorial Guinea (33 percent), Nigeria (41 percent), and Chad (45 percent). By comparison, many countries in the European Union have rates of 99 percent, and the United States' is 95 percent. Click here to see the graphs and complete story.