immunization

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Etymology[edit]

From French immunisation, coined by Albert Calmette

Noun[edit]

immunization (countable and uncountable, plural immunizations)

  1. (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.
    Immunization against influenza is important for all child-care workers.
  2. (US, countable) One such exposure.
    The first immunization a baby gets is against HBV.

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This term usually involves the vaccine instead of the nosode.

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