Why Are There Dangerous Ingredients In Vaccines?

Why Are There Dangerous Ingredients In Vaccines?

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Want to learn more about the topic in this week’s video? Here are some key words/phrases to get your googling started:
-adjuvant: substance added to a vaccine to enhance the body’s immune response and increase the vaccine’s efficacy
-attenuation: altering a pathogen to make it less virulent (or even harmless)
-acquired immunity: components of the immune system that are developed via exposure to pathogens or other sources of infection


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Unicef (1996). The Progress of Nations: Health. “Vaccines bring 7 diseases under control.”

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