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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Vaccines for Pandemic Threats

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Vaccination will likely be part of a multi-faceted public health response to the emergence of a pandemic illness.Not all disease threats, however, have a corresponding vaccine, and for those that do, there are significant challenges to their use in a pandemic. More

Vaccine Side Effects and Adverse Events

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A vaccine is a medical intervention, and as with any medical intervention, may have side effects. This article discusses side effects and adverse events related to vaccination. 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
For which of the diseases below is there NOT a vaccine?
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Yellow fever
AIDS
Hepatitis A
C

Scientists haven’t succeeded in developing a vaccine to prevent AIDS. Read more