The 411 on Vaccines

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What Are Vaccines and Immunizations?

Vaccines cause immunization — the process of warding off and protecting you from a range of infectious diseases that can harm you and make you sick. You can be vaccinated for a range of infections and viruses including the flu, HPV, whooping cough, polio and measles. Vaccines can be taken orally, injected and inhaled. 

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