There are many available vaccines that are no longer administered by doctors. The vaccines prevent diseases that used to be significant pests but were eradicated after the vaccine became available. Pharmaceutical companies keep the vaccines on hand in case of a repeated outbreak.
Many people worldwide are familiar with Lyme disease. The disease is passed from an infected deer tick to humans. Lyme disease can cause fatigue, fever, rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, stiff neck, and headache.
If Lyme disease is not caught immediately, it can cause other troubles down the road from arthritis to heart troubles (rare, but it has occurred.) In 1998, the first vaccination for Lyme disease was approved. Unfortunately, the vaccine never took off. A few years later, the vaccine was pulled from the market for lack of sales.
You may remember enjoying the Polio vaccine given to you in childhood. The sweet liquid offered a refreshing change of pace when compared to a typical needle injection. The oral Polio vaccine (OPV) was discontinued a number of years ago after being linked to mild cases of Polio in newly vaccinated children. Today, the only form of vaccine available involves a needle.
The vaccination for small pox was eliminated in the 1970s. In 1980, the World Health Organization announced that the world was free of small pox outbreaks. Smallpox is a virus spread through coughing and sneezing that causes a blistering rash, fever, headache, and backache.
If the small pox reached the eye area, blindness could occur. Currently, the vaccine is only given to government officials, military members, laboratory staff, and healthcare workers. Though there are no signs of small pox, there are fears that the disease could be used as a biological weapon.