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booster shot

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An additional dose of an immunizing agent, such as a vaccine or toxoid, given at a time after the initial dose to sustain the immune response elicited by the previous dose of the same agent. Also called booster dose.

booster shot

Immunology A 2nd immunization dose, administered after an appropriate time interval, allowing the body to mount an immune response; when a person is exposed–eg, to 'dirty' wounds, or plans potential exposure–eg, travel to regions endemic for certain infectious agents, the BS provides a rapid anamnestic response that outpaces the development of disease–eg, tetanus
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While all of the study participants, including controls, had received their full pertussis vaccination schedules as children, it wasn't until 2011 that Argentina added the Tdap booster at 11 years of age to the national immunization schedule; therefore, except for the mothers who had received the maternal booster shot, no one in the study had been immunized against pertussis since the age of 6 years, Dr.
Philosophy Booster Shots costs pounds 38 from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Sephora at Merry Hill.
Time-released vaccines (pills or sprays designed to release vaccines slowly) may soon eliminate the need for booster shots.
As a safeguard youngsters in the Rhondda Taff Ely area will receive booster shots against the disease.
In Spite of Your Doctor about tetanus "booster" shots, "Today, I question whether booster shots are ever needed and even whether the administration of tetanus antitoxin makes any sense.
Research has not yet determined when booster shots need to be scheduled, but it is likely that they will be needed.
Zuniga says that a live-virus vaccine would have the benefit of lifetime immunity without the need for booster shots.
After that, monthly booster shots are necessary, all yearround, for about five to eight years.
Howard Weiner of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston presented data showing that booster shots of intravenous Cytoxan, given every two months over two years after the initial Cytoxan treatment, allowed a subgroup of patients to become more stable than those who received no boosters.
By late 1984, the vaccine had become so scarce that 18-month and preschool booster shots had to be postponed for many children, and the price of the vaccine had tripled.
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Data from long-term follow-up studies have established that people who received the three-dose hepatitis B vaccine series beginning after 6 months of age have long-term protection against chronic hepatitis B infection and do not need booster shots.