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Vaccines for the Unvaccinated: Protecting the Herd

This editorial, published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, provides commentary on the effect of vaccines in protecting the unvaccinated through herd immunity and using this effect as an important consideration in strategies for vaccine introduction, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring. The author calls for a better understanding of the dynamics of herd immunity and the length of protection it provides, as well as the impact of herd immunity on microbial biology, the mechanisms of microbial replacement, and natural immunity and biology.

Author: Stephens DS

Published: 2008

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Citation: Stephens DS. Vaccines for the Unvaccinated: Protecting the Herd. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2008;197(5):643-645.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Meningococcus, Pneumococcus, Influenza

Topics: Disease burden and surveillance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Global