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VACCINATION VS. INOCULATION VS. IMMUNIZATION
What’s the difference between vaccination, inoculation, and immunization?
In the context of medicine, the words vaccination, inoculation, 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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Middle- and lower-income countries may be struggling to provide mass vaccination campaigns because they lack adequate supplies.Don’t hate the vaccine tourists, hate the vaccine game|Jen Kirby|February 12, 2021|Vox
New vaccination stations are also continuing to open this week.Morning Report: Not Much COVID Enforcement Happening Despite Crackdown|Voice of San Diego|February 12, 2021|Voice of San Diego
In Montgomery County, officials emphasized Thursday that only residents in Category 1A and those 75 and older are eligible for vaccinations at county sites.South Africa and U.K. coronavirus variants detected in D.C.; Maryland to open third mass vaccination site|Erin Cox, Julie Zauzmer, Rachel Chason|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The agreement prioritizes in-school staff with medically vulnerable family members for vaccinations, and it sets strict guidelines for when schools or classrooms should close.Chicago reaches deal with teachers to reopen school buildings|Moriah Balingit|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
Co-WIN is the backbone of the vaccination drive, so to speak.India is betting on glitchy software to inoculate 300 million people by August|Lindsay Muscato|February 10, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Of course not—the delivery of vaccine from manufacturer to arm is only part of the problem for any vaccination program.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World|Kent Sepkowitz|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The organization also provides PPE and gloves to keep health workers and patients safe from the deadly virus during vaccination.
Beyond medical board or nursing association certification, candidates must have a valid passport and yellow fever vaccination.
As a big proponent of both comprehensive vaccination for children and water fluoridation, that implicates me in two of them.Vaccines Are Poison, Cellphones Cause Cancer, and Other Medical Conspiracies|Russell Saunders|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unlike his conservative colleagues Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and perhaps his lad Rand, Gingrey endorsed mandatory vaccination.D.C. Moron Phil Gingrey Spread Ebola Fever Over Immigrants|Kent Sepkowitz|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before 1874 there had been no compulsory vaccination law in Germany except for the army.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
Our closest imitation of natural immunity is vaccination against small-pox.
Some manufacturers and all British writers speak of pollen extracts as vaccines and of immunizing the patient as vaccination.
A relationship to vaccination has been alleged by some observers.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The baby does not turn his eyes in any degree towards his arm or towards the side that is so vexed with vaccination.Ceres' Runaway|Alice Meynell