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Vaccine Overview 

Vaccine Overview
Vaccine Overview

Tina Q. Tan

, John P. Flaherty

, and Melvin V. Gerbie

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date: 09 May 2021

This chapter introduces commonly used vaccines in a variety of clinical settings and provides information about proper administration and dosing. Details of types of immunizations such as active vs passive and inactivated vs live-attenuated vaccines are presented. CDC recommendations are noted including “routine” vs “permissive”. It also contains practical tips for addressing vaccine hesitancy and debunks common myths about vaccines such as the misconception that they cause autism or the diseases they are intended to prevent. Multiple other misconceptions are discussed and suggestions given to how to address patient and family concerns including natural vs vaccine induced immunity, risks of vaccines, and presence of toxins. The chapter concludes with multiple tables of vaccine types, dosages, adjuvants, and other useful information.

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