What makes this figure more unfortunate is that most of these deaths are preventable.
Billions of dollars each year are lost from missed workdays because of preventable illness.
Failing to vaccinate children could result in outbreaks of preventable diseases—diseases that devastated earlier generations.
early 15c., "act in anticipation of," from Latin praeventus, past participle of praevenire "come before, anticipate, hinder," in Late Latin also "to prevent," from prae "before" (see pre-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Originally literal; sense of "anticipate to hinder" was in Latin, but not recorded in English until 1540s.