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

Ethical Issues and Vaccines
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Although various global public health successes can be attributed to vaccinations, ethical debates have long surrounded questions of mandates, consent, access disparities, and research and testing of vaccines.

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Vaccines for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Two vaccines for STDs are currently in use. Ongoing efforts to develop vaccines for herpes simplex and HIV may prove successful in the future.

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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).

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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.

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Female Aedes aegypti feeding
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Female Aedes aegypti, carrier of yellow fever, feeding
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