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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Residents can get the vaccination from their local medical provider. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Washington State Becomes Latest Hot Spot in Measles Outbreak," 23 Jan. 2019 There are ongoing preparations to start the ring vaccination as soon as possible. Julia Belluz, Vox, "In a first, the Ebola vaccine is being deployed to try to stop an outbreak from spreading.," 16 May 2018 Trial participants who felt better after the vaccination have a different concern: future access to the vaccine, both for themselves and others who are suffering. Amanda Schaffer, WIRED, "The Dying Scientist and His Rogue Vaccine Trial," 1 May 2018 Officials are recommending any child who received the vaccination from Sohail or her staff since 2016 be revaccinated. David Harris,, "Orlando doctor accused of mishandling vaccines — 500 kids may need new shots," 23 Feb. 2018 The police chief told local media that Saginaw County Animal Control at the scene verified that the pit bull was properly licensed and current with its vaccinations. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Violent confrontation between pit bull and beagle takes a deadly turn at PetSmart," 6 July 2018 The vaccination helps create an antibody that then passes through the placenta and ideally protects the baby from the bacterium in pertussis that is dangerous for infants, Pan said. Erin Stone, San Francisco Chronicle, "Whooping cough cases on the rise in Alameda County," 14 June 2018 This illness is so contagious that 90 percent of people who are close to a person with measles but who aren’t immune (like through vaccinations) will catch the illness. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 Over this time period, measles vaccination has prevented approximately 21 million deaths globally, compared to a hypothetical world with no measles vaccines (in this world, the death rate would have been a lot higher in 2000, too). Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The fight against measles has taken a turn for the worse," 30 Nov. 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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