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Immunization Related Terms

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  • B Cells

  • Small white blood cells that help the body defend itself against infection. These cells are produced in bone marrow and develop into plasma cells which produce antibodies. Also known as B lymphocytes.

  • Bacteria

  • Tiny one-celled organisms present throughout the environment that require a microscope to be seen. While not all bacteria are harmful, some cause disease. Examples of bacterial disease include diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, Haemophilus influenza and pneumococcus (pneumonia).

  • Bias

  • Flaws in the collection, analysis or interpretation of research data that lead to incorrect conclusions.

  • Biological Plausibility

  • A causal association (or relationship between two factors) is consistent with existing medical knowledge.

  • Bone Marrow

  • Soft tissue located within bones that produce all blood cells, including the ones that fight infection.

  • Booster Shots

  • Additional doses of a vaccine needed periodically to 'boost' the immune system. For example, the tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine which is recommended for adults every ten years.

  • Brachial Neuritis

  • Inflammation of nerves in the arm causing muscle weakness and pain.

  • Breakthrough Infection

  • Development of a disease despite a person's having responded to a vaccine.

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