Vaccination has profoundly influenced and improved the health of both animals and people globally, and it will continue to be a fundamental tool to meet future health challenges.
It has eliminated smallpox in people and rinderpest in animals. Vaccines can help control many other diseases against which no other treatment exists, such as human polio, foot-and-mouth disease in cattle, canine distemper and rabies in man and animals.
More info on rinderpest eradication on OIE: www.oie.int/for-the-media/rinderpest/
More info on smallpox eradication on WHO: www.who.int/csr/disease/smallpox/en/