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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Animal vaccination programs in the US have nearly eliminated rabies cases from domestic dogs. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Most rabies infections in the United States come from bats, CDC says," 12 June 2019 If available, bring prior proof of rabies vaccinations., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 June 2019 This year, there are camps that are drawing a hard line in the sand by allowing only kids who can show proof of vaccination to attend. Mari A. Schaefer,, "How the record U.S. measles outbreak could affect your summer plans," 4 June 2019 House Bill 268 allows people to sue employers if their employment is affected by their lack of vaccinations. Laura Hancock,, "New Ohio bill takes shot at employers who want workers vaccinated," 3 June 2019 Targeted delivery to children that are out in very rural areas requires a level of sophistication that’s even beyond getting vaccinations out to the children. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Why Bill Gates is worried," 15 Oct. 2018 In the Guinea trial, 5,837 people who had been in contact with someone who had the virus — or someone who had been in contact with the contact — got vaccinations. Robyn Dixon,, "As Ebola outbreak threatens nine African countries, new vaccine is main hope for preventing a major epidemic," 18 May 2018 With flu season far from over, the district continues to advise residents on the importance of getting vaccinations and has been offering free shots. Y.c. Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Flu surge in Galveston County mirrors national trend," 25 Jan. 2018 Adoptions include microchipping, spay/neuter, vaccinations and heart worm testing. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Animal Care is full with over 900 animals. You can adopt one for free," 4 June 2019

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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


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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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