verb (used with object), vac·ci·nat·ed, vac·ci·nat·ing.
verb (used without object), vac·ci·nat·ed, vac·ci·nat·ing.
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Origin of vaccinate
OTHER WORDS FROM vaccinatepre·vac·ci·nate, verb (used with object), pre·vac·ci·nat·ed, pre·vac·ci·nat·ing.re·vac·ci·nate, verb (used with object), re·vac·ci·nat·ed, re·vac·ci·nat·ing.un·vac·ci·nat·ed, adjective
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VACCINATE VS. INOCULATE VS. IMMUNIZE
What’s the difference between vaccinate, inoculate, and immunize?
In the context of medicine, vaccinate, inoculate, and immunize 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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Vaccinate, inoculate, and immunize can be correctly used in some overlapping ways.
How to use vaccinate in a sentence
County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said Thursday the county expects to begin vaccinating teachers, police and other essential workers in the next few weeks following calls to prioritize educators and law enforcement.Morning Report: Not Much COVID Enforcement Happening Despite Crackdown|Voice of San Diego|February 12, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Chicago, meanwhile, recently announced a program aimed at vaccinating people in high-need neighborhoods.Chicago thinks Zocdoc can help solve its vaccine chaos|Lindsay Muscato|February 12, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Yet they also appear to be getting vaccinated at very low rates.Among Latino immigrants, false vaccine claims are spreading as fast as the virus|Teo Armus|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
People are also being vaccinated where they worship in North Carolina, Connecticut and Michigan.Churches pair up with clinics to deliver coronavirus vaccine to those who need it most|Jenna Portnoy|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
As more vaccine is developed, other groups will be vaccinated.Hints From Heloise: CDC suggests coronavirus vaccinations first for select groups|Heloise Heloise|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
From a pediatric ICU in Melbourne, Australia, to an elevator in Brooklyn, we see just how harmful refusing to vaccinate can be.Hey Anti-Vaxxers, Watch NOVA: Vaccines--Calling the Shots|Russell Saunders|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One look at those numbers is all it takes to realize how absurd the decision not to vaccinate is.
The parents who refused to vaccinate their kids are the reason behind the measles resurrecting themselves in New York.
Refusing to vaccinate your children means you are contributing to a worsening public health crisis.Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.|Russell Saunders|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then this: I always ask if the children are vaccinated, or if the parents intend to vaccinate once the child is born.Pediatrician: Vaccinate Your Kids—Or Get Out of My Office|Russell Saunders|January 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If small-pox be prevailing, it is proper to vaccinate all who have not been vaccinated within three or four years.The Physical Life of Woman:|Dr. George H Napheys
There was a panic at that time about small-pox, and the doctor came one day to vaccinate everybody in the house.Aunt Madge's Story|Sophie May
He apparently had been lying in wait for us, and he begged me to come to his house and vaccinate his infant son.At the Court of the Amr|John Alfred Gray
Lymph was taken with them so that his wife could vaccinate him if it should become necessary.The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson|Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
Purple had engaged to vaccinate a child on a certain day, but for some reason the vaccination was not done.