Origin of inoculation
OTHER WORDS FROM inoculationnon·in·oc·u·la·tion, nounpost·in·oc·u·la·tion, adjectivere·in·oc·u·la·tion, nounself-in·oc·u·la·tion, noun
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INOCULATION VS. VACCINATION VS. IMMUNIZATION
What’s the difference between inoculation, vaccination, and immunization?
In the context of medicine, the words inoculation, vaccination, and immunization 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 inoculation in a sentence
Imperial College London is also working on an experimental inoculation.To jumpstart the COVID vaccine race, the U.K. considers ‘challenge trials’ exposing people to the virus|Bernhard Warner|September 24, 2020|Fortune
And, as newsreels of the day made clear, they’d all been early test subjects for the inoculation.Here’s What Happens When You Try to Scale Up Vaccine Production Too Quickly|Fiona Zublin|September 18, 2020|Ozy
He argues that the Stat scoop also underscores the importance of the press in serving as an additional check on the vaccine race, especially as inoculations are developed and tested in countries with little government transparency or accountability.Scientists see an upside to AstraZeneca halting its COVID-19 vaccine trial|Grady McGregor|September 9, 2020|Fortune
Yin said the distribution of the vaccine to Sinovac workers and their families occurred under China’s emergency-use vaccine program, a government policy that allows specific populations of people to receive unproven inoculations.A Chinese vaccine maker is injecting employees and their families with its COVID-19 candidate|Grady McGregor|September 7, 2020|Fortune
Some rare adverse reactions to the inoculations may only show up once the vaccines have been studied in a large, diverse population.Trump wants a COVID-19 vaccine by Election Day. But will one be ready?|Jeremy Kahn|September 4, 2020|Fortune
Romney says this policy is aimed at helping middle-income Americans, but there is clearly an element of self-inoculation here.Can Careful Mitt Romney Go Bold on Taxes at the CNN Debate?|Peter J. Boyer|February 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Shouting now is also an inoculation against embarrassment later.Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from 'Babel No More'|Michael Erard|January 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Instead, Kennedy took the punch-line for himself and applied the loud laughs he earned as an inoculation against a poisonous idea.
Tubercle bacilli are nearly always present, although animal inoculation may be necessary to detect them.
It has been shown that the quantity of opsonins in the blood can be greatly increased by inoculation with dead bacteria.
British house of commons voted Dr. Jenner 10,000 for his discovery of the vaccine inoculation.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Probably the general introduction of inoculation first occasioned the discovery.
In some other points of view, the inoculation of this disease appears preferable to the variolous inoculation.