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The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers

This publication aims to address confusion created by contradictory information in the public domain regarding immunization. It sets out to explain the current situation in immunization science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist. The document is structured around six questions: (1) What is immunization?; (2) What is in a vaccine?; (3) Who benefits from vaccines?; (4) Are vaccines safe?; (5) How are vaccines shown to be safe?; and (6) What does the future hold for vaccination?

Author: Australian Academy of Science

Published: 2012

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Resource types: Report

Diseases/vaccines: Not disease/vaccine specific

Topics: General information, Vaccine safety and performance

Regions: Oceania