vac·​ci·​na·​tion | \ ˌvak-sə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce vaccination (audio) \

Definition of vaccination

1 : the act of vaccinating
2 : the scar left by vaccinating

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Talk to your veterinarian about appropriate vaccinations for your area. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "Ask a Country Vet: How Can I Keep My Sporting Dog Healthy and Happy?," 11 Sep. 2018 Due to the outbreak, the CDC recommends hepatitis A vaccination for people who are homeless and who use drugs, the two populations most at risk for becoming infected. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Hepatitis A outbreak cases on rise across US; Nashville reports outbreak," 30 May 2018 Hepatitis A rates have dropped steeply since a vaccination became available in 1995. Leslie Patton,, "McDonald's Hepatitis Case Probed by Officials in Kentucky," 12 Apr. 2018 Dozens of schools in Mumbai have refused to allow health officials to carry out vaccinations in recent months, largely because of rumors shared on Facebook Inc. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "WhatsApp Users Spread Antivaccine Rumors in India," 13 Apr. 2019 To prevent ticks from transmitting disease to your pets, consider giving them preventative medication and Lyme disease vaccinations. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Ticks Are Posing Higher Risks for More People and Pets, According to Experts," 10 Apr. 2019 Janjua said that the first step in preventing viral illnesses like AFM is to ensure that all children receive recommended vaccinations, and that everyone receives a regular flu vaccine. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About AFM, the Polio-Like Illness Spreading Among Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 Both of them are neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, have been heartworm tested (both are negative) and are licensed with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Give one of these Valley rescue pets a forever home this week," 22 June 2018 Among them: Make sure your dog is fit for a hike and is up to date on vaccinations. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Fire department rescues a big, fluffy dog who got tired on a hike and just couldn't go on," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of vaccination

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vaccination

earlier, "inoculation with fluid from cowpox pustules," from vaccine "of cowpox" (in the phrases vaccine matter, vaccine virus) + -ation — more at vaccine

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The first known use of vaccination was in 1891

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vac·​ci·​na·​tion | \ ˌvak-sə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce vaccination (audio) \

Kids Definition of vaccination

: the act of vaccinating


vac·​ci·​na·​tion | \ ˌvak-sə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce vaccination (audio) \

Medical Definition of vaccination

1 : the introduction into humans or domestic animals of microorganisms that have previously been treated to make them harmless for the purpose of inducing the development of immunity oral vaccination vaccination against smallpox vaccination for whooping cough
2 : the scar left by vaccinating

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