What are immunizations?Immunizations, also called vaccinations, help protect you or your child from diseases. When you are given an immunization, you receive a vaccine that contains fragments of a disease organism or small amounts of a weakened disease organism. The vaccine causes your immune ...
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Meningococcal vaccines and herd immunity: lessons learned from serogroup C conjugate vaccination pro
Are individuals who are not vaccinated for meningococcal serogroup C conjugate less at risk for contracting the disease?
The limited ability of antibiotics to cure C. difficile infection and prevent relapse highlights the need for new strategies such as immunization.
Younger doctors are more skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of childhood vaccines than older doctors, a new study suggests.
Preteens appear to get same protection with two doses of HPV vaccine as young women who get three
Vaccination has saved thousands of lives, report says, but outbreaks occurring as some people opt out
What strategies can be implemented to increase adolescent uptake of the influenza vaccination?
A new generation of adjuvants are emerging in effective vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer.
The current measles outbreak, which has topped 100 cases so far, is believed to have started at two Disney theme parks in California.
39 percent increase over 18 years remains unexplained
This paper reviews the importance of vaccination in the prevention of infectious diseases and discusses vaccine implementation in developing countries.
Sporadic outbreaks caused by travelers to countries without vaccination programs, doctors say
An article in a medical journal is sharply critical of a popular book that offers an alternative schedule of children's vaccines.
Rotavirus vaccination has dramatically improved the health of children in the USA; but long-term, indirect protection may be limited.
Vaccine-preventable pertussis is on the rise. What new vaccine approaches can be used to control this disease?
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