Vaccines : Vaccines Are Defined By Vaccines Essay

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Vaccines, What You Need to Know Vaccines are defined by as a product that produces immunity from a disease and can be administered through needle injections, by mouth, or by aerosol. Vaccines cause immunity to certain diseases and are administered worldwide. They have been proven to be safe, effective, and they work with one’s immune system to prevent diseases which protects individuals and their communities. Every child that is vaccinated goes on a specific journey and receives certain vaccines at different times in their lives. In order to better understand the process of vaccines one must explore the history of vaccination, the pros and cons to receiving them, the different types of vaccines and what they do, and the risks that go along with not being vaccinated. (“Basics”). In 1796 Edward Jenner, a country doctor living in Berkeley (Gloucestershire), England performed the world’s first vaccination. Jenner took pus from a cowpox lesion on a milkmaid’s hand and injected it into an eight-year-old boy. “Six weeks later Jenner variolated two sites on Phipps’s arm with smallpox, yet the boy was unaffected by this as well as subsequent exposures” (Stern). The boy recovered from the cowpox and was never infected with smallpox when he was exposed. Jenner continued his research all through the 1770s and later published a text called, Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccine which is now a classic text in medicine and is said to have laid the
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