The History of Vaccines explores the role of immunization in the human experience and examines its continuing contributions to public health

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Biological Weapons, Bioterrorism, and Vaccines

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A biological attack may seem more like a plot element in an action film than a realistic threat. Biological attacks, however, have occurred in the past. A collection of U.S. government agencies are involved in planning responses to potential biological attacks. More

Vaccines for Teenagers

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Parents keep babies on track with immunizations by making frequent doctor visits. Teenagers also need vaccines, but they don’t visit the doctor as often as young children. Not surprisingly, many teenagers haven’t received the vaccines they need to be fully protected. More

Different Types of Vaccines

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Vaccines are made using several different processes. They may contain live viruses that have been attenuated (weakened or altered so as not to cause illness); inactivated or killed organisms or viruses; inactivated toxins (for bacterial diseases where toxins generated by the bacteria, and not the bacteria themselves, cause illness); or merely segments of the pathogen (this includes both subunit and conjugate vaccines). More

The Human Immune System and Infectious Disease

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The human immune system is essential for our survival in a world full of potentially dangerous microbes. More
Which vaccine was tested in a landmark U.S. trial in 1954?
Poliovirus vaccine
Measles vaccine
Smallpox vaccine
Meningococcal vaccine
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The 1954 polio vaccine trial remains the largest ever. Read more