Immunizations are a fact of life for most children in our country. They have kept some very serious diseases, and their complications, away from the children and adults in our communities. Cases reported in 1950 from the Centers for Disease Control shows that polio affected 33,300 people and caused 1,904 deaths. In 2011, that number was zero. Measles affected 319,124 people and caused 468 deaths in 1950; and in 2011, it affected 212 people but there were no deaths.