Friday, June 28, 2013

The 21st Century of Health

What a difference a century makes. An infographic from illustrates how antibiotics, vaccines, and programs reducing infant and maternal deaths have vastly improved American public health since 1900, adding 30 years to our lives.
  • Infectious diseases like pneumonia, influenza, and tuberculosis claimed five out of every 1,000 Americans, nearly 400,000 people in 1900. The deadliest diseases now are heart disease and cancer, claiming one out of every 1,000 people, nearly 380,000 Americans in 2010.
  • The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine reduced the number of measles cases by 99.98 percent, from 503,282 in 1900 to just 81 cases in 2000. Vaccines completely wiped out smallpox and polio in the United States.
  • In 1900, one out of every 10 infants died before age 1. That number has decreased 90 percent.
  • Maternal deaths have decreased 99 percent since 1900.

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