is a method of preventing somebody from catching a disease.
The method involves injecting a person with a dead form of an
infection. (Technicaly this is injection of dead pathogens which
can't reproduce, this means that should live pathogens be introduced
they will be unable to live, therefore creating immunity to
the infection). Vaccination is different to innoculation. Innoculation
involves injection of live pathogens in a weakened state. This
also results in immunisation. The first use of these techniques
in the UK were in relation to Smallpox. Edward jenner learnt
of Mary Montague Wortley's use of innoculation for cowpox, which
she had learn in Turey. He used these principles to innoculate
against Smalpox by injection of a weakened form of Cowpox.
fight against infectious disease: pages within this unit
is an Infectious Disease? A
Glossary of Infectious Diseases, Edward
Jenner, Louis Pasteur, Robert
Koch, Vaccination, The
Development of Drugs, Paul
Florey and Ernst Chain, The
importance of Penicillin, Factors
affecting the development of drugs and treatments.
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