Most, if not all, of you parents and grandparents probably remember every time you had to take your children to the doctor's office when they were young. The worst part was when little Ian needed his vaccinations. I hated how he cried, but I knew it was for his good, and other children's too.
Polio, measles, mumps and rubella: These are all diseases that we have cheap and effective cures for. Now we're in the midst of a massive measles outbreak here in the U.S., starting in Disneyland of all places, where the disease was once nearly eradicated.
Did you know that while the U.S. had all but wiped out the measles, according to the World Health Organization measles is still the leading cause of death among children even though there's a safe and affordable vaccination?
The Council on Foreign Relations has a fascinating, meticulously researched interactive map about preventable diseases. Among other things, you can see where the measles has broken out in the U.S. and how fast it's spreading.
Click here now to check out how the measles, mumps, rubella, polio and whooping cough have been cut down around the world, and the effect vaccinations and modern health care have had around the world.