from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The artificial adaptation of an animal to foreign cells or cell products, brought about by the injection of such foreign material. See immunity, 5.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the act of making immune (especially by inoculation).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US, uncountable The process by which an individual is exposed to a material that is designed to prime his or her immune system against that material.
  • noun US, countable One such exposure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of making immune (especially by inoculation)


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  • Unless we all want to take Tamiflu continuously, immunization is the only answer.

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  • In addition, one should be aware that vaccinations using multidose vials and multiple dose needles without adequate sterilization, carry a risk of actually transmitting diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Antibody tests can be done to check immunity against most diseases for which immunization is given.

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  • My daughter suffers from severe asthma and each passing day that she does not have the immunization is making me worry.

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  • In 2004, for example, vaccine production fell behind, causing a 40 percent drop in immunization rates.

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  • Daniel's bout with whooping cough has taught me firsthand the consequences of rejecting immunization as part of a lifestyle choice, and the limitations of believing in immunization as an invincible protective shield.

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  • In 2004, for example, vaccine production fell behind, causing a 40 percent drop in immunization rates.

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  • If approved, the boosters would target the teenage population, which, because of waning immunization, is likely the source of approximately 39 percent of pertussis infections nationwide (according to the Centers for Disease Control).

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  • Therefore, make sure your tetanus immunization is up to date and keep a mild antiseptic wash and semi-permeable dressing in your first aid kit.

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  • In addition, recent drops in immunization rates in Eastern Europe and Russia led to outbreaks of diphtheria.

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