F. H. TOP, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Immunization is the process of rendering or making immune, which is a function of body cells. It may occur as the result of infection naturally acquired or by the artificial stimulation of cells through injection of antigens. The act of injection of antigens is called inoculation. The word "immunization" is often used when "inoculation" is meant. Inoculation when carried out is a certainty, immunization is the anticipated result: it is a process that is hoped for. Strictly speaking, the title should read, The Age for Inoculation, but in the broader sense this paper also considers the age at which the
TOP FH. THE AGE FOR IMMUNIZATION1. Ann Intern Med. ;41:305–314. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-2-305
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;41(2):305-314.
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