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IMMUNIZATION VS. VACCINATION VS. INOCULATION
What’s the difference between immunization, vaccination, and inoculation?
In the context of medicine, the words immunization, vaccination, and inoculation are often used in overlapping ways, and for good reason—they all involve the process of introducing a substance (especially a vaccine) into a person’s body with the goal of preventing them from getting a particular disease.
Vaccination is the most specific of the three terms, because it always involves introducing a vaccine, which usually consists of a small amount of a killed, weakened, or otherwise modified version of a disease (such as a virus or bacterium). While inoculation has other meanings outside the context of medicine, in modern healthcare it’s typically used interchangeably with vaccination (though it’s used less commonly).
Immunization is slightly different—it refers to the process of providing immunity from a specific disease. While the goal of vaccinating someone is often to immunize them, not all vaccines provide permanent immunity. Some vaccines provide what amounts to long-term immunity, while others only lead to a temporary protection, after which the body “forgets” how to make certain antibodies. In these cases, a booster shot or dose is often required, consisting of a follow-up vaccination to boost or renew the protection gained from the earlier vaccination.
Both vaccination and inoculation can refer to a shot or dose, as opposed to the process of providing or receiving such doses, as in I’m scheduled to get a vaccination on Friday. The word immunization can be used in the same way to refer to such a vaccination when it’s one that provides immunity, as in Have you received all of your immunizations?
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How to use immunization in a sentence
It raises the possibility that delaying the immunization of children could make them a reservoir of the virus in the population, which could continue to seed further outbreaks.Why aren’t kids getting vaccinated?|Niall Firth|February 8, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Some lacked the proper medical documents and child immunizations required to return, and school staff members were working with them.
Balancing the timing of cancer treatment and immunization may be a consideration in some cases.Are the coronavirus vaccines safe for someone with cancer, dementia or MS?|Judith Graham|January 31, 2021|Washington Post
To record who’s getting vaccines, many states have retrofitted existing systems for tracking children’s immunizations.This is how America gets its vaccines|Cat Ferguson|January 27, 2021|MIT Technology Review
In some places, the unclear relationship between immunization and reopening has helped fuel a vaccine rollout to teachers marked by confusion, conflicting approaches and uncertainty over supply, as is the case in many states nationwide.Teachers are moving to the front of the vaccine line — but that doesn’t mean all schools will reopen right away|Hannah Natanson, Donna St. George, Perry Stein|January 26, 2021|Washington Post
A lot times they're local, at the site of the immunization, where it was given.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop|Leigh Cowart|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It condenses pain into tiny joke pellets, like a mass-immunization that builds tolerance and vigor.Young Muslim Comic Takes On Fundamentalists|Moral Courage|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Polio, for example, has been eradicated in the Western hemisphere thanks to a vigorous international immunization program.Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?|Russell Saunders|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The global immunization campaigns carried out since 1988 have eradicated polio completely in most of the world.A Dread Disease Spreads in Syria|Christopher Dickey|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There are also alternatives to the MMR that have the same immunization power against measles.Not Vaccinating Your Kids Is a Horrible Thing to Do|Ilana Glazer|May 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The subject of the lecture is "Artificial Immunization from Disease."A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
When I took office, immunization levels for preventable childhood diseases had fallen to 70%.
(The importanceof early immunization) Public AffairsCommittee.Motion Pictures 1960-1969|Copyright Office. Library of Congress.
The most promising of these is that of Todd , produced by the immunization of suitable animals.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
Scientific definitions for immunization
Other words from immunizationimmunize verb
Cultural definitions for immunization
The process of inducing immunity, usually through inoculation or vaccination.