OTHER WORDS FROM immunize
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IMMUNIZE VS. VACCINATE VS. INOCULATE
What’s the difference between immunize, vaccinate, and inoculate?
In the context of medicine, immunize, inoculate, and vaccinate are often used in overlapping ways, and for good reason—they all involve introducing a substance (especially a vaccine) into a person’s body with the goal of preventing them from getting a particular disease.
Vaccinate 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 inoculate has other meanings outside the context of medicine, in modern healthcare it’s typically used interchangeably with vaccinate (though it’s used less commonly).
Immunize is slightly different—it means to provide immunity from a specific disease. While the goal of vaccinating someone is often to immunize them, not all vaccines provide permanent immunity. Some vaccines cause the body to become immune to a disease for a very long time, while others only lead to a temporary immunity, 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 immunity gained from the earlier vaccination.
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How to use immunize in a sentence
That may prove frustrating for people who survived the pandemic and went through the trouble of getting immunized but still can’t relax.Covid-19 vaccines are great — but you still need to wear a mask for now|Umair Irfan|February 9, 2021|Vox
Recently, a number of readers have asked me whether older relatives with these conditions should be immunized.Are the coronavirus vaccines safe for someone with cancer, dementia or MS?|Judith Graham|January 31, 2021|Washington Post
“It gives me a reassurance I haven’t had until now,” Maryland educator Susie Shafer said after being immunized Friday.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
It also amplifies the urgency of getting as many people immunized with current vaccines as quickly as possible.New coronavirus variants accelerate race to make sure vaccines keep up|Carolyn Y. Johnson, Laurie McGinley, Joel Achenbach|January 26, 2021|Washington Post
The scramble by South Africa for Covid-19 vaccines is intensifying pressure on the government to square its plans for immunizing the country with reality.South Africa is racing against time to get vaccines as Covid-19’s spread accelerates|Brian Browdie|January 20, 2021|Quartz
Doctors in France, Germany and Holland have instead chosen to use information to immunize people against their fears.
It is as if by acting scandalously, they are able to immunize themselves.
A general social re-organization is needed which will redistribute forces, immunize, divert and nullify.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
He'd spent time in Medico-Synthesis after every major job to immunize him against interrogation.Evil Out of Onzar|Mark Ganes
Would you advise their use as a preventive measure, to immunize the workers in the industries?
The only proof that we can immunize against hay fever is to immunize against hay fever.The Treatment of Hay Fever|George Frederick Laidlaw
Attempts to immunize small animals with Amanita toxin succeed only to a limited degree.Food Poisoning|Edwin Oakes Jordan