Unprotected People Stories

Unprotected People Stories is a collection of more than 100 personal accounts and case reports about diseases that vaccines prevent.

These stories remind us why vaccines are essential to protecting and preserving our public health and counterbalance anti-vaccine news stories.

Because immunization has been so successful, vaccine-preventable diseases such as diphtheria and polio are fading from our consciousness.

Healthcare professionals may share these real-life stories of people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases with their patients. 

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Christine Baze, a Boston musician, and cervical cancer survivor, shares her personal story to educate and empower women.

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National Meningitis Association

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Voices for Vaccines

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National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Search collection of real stories of real people about vaccine-preventable diseases by disease, age group, and state.

Shot by Shot

Stories of vaccine-preventable diseases from the California Immunization Coalition.

Vaccinate Your Family

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Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story

The Texas Children’s Hospital profiles families devastated by vaccine-preventable diseases.

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