community immunity


: herd immunity
Encouraging our families, friends and neighbors to get vaccinated adds layers of protection and helps us create community immunity.Larry Antonucci
There is a level of vaccination that is needed to protect a community from an outbreak of disease. This is called "herd immunity" and sometimes, "community immunity."Erica Parker

Examples of community immunity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even at their peak, hospitalization numbers this summer did not reach the heights seen in prior surges — a development health officials credited to widespread community immunity through vaccines and previous infection. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of community immunity was in 1915

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“Community immunity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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