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Immunization Related Terms

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  • Seizure

  • The sudden onset of a jerking and staring spell usually caused by fever. Also known as convulsions.

  • Seroconversion

  • Development of antibodies in the blood of an individual who previously did not have detectable antibodies.

  • Serology

  • Measurement of antibodies, and other immunological properties, in the blood serum.

  • Serosurvey

  • Study measuring a person's risk of developing a particular disease.

  • Shingles

  • See herpes zoster.

  • Side Effect

  • Undesirable reaction resulting from immunization.

  • Smallpox

  • An acute, highly infectious, often fatal disease caused by a poxvirus and characterized by high fever and aches with subsequent widespread eruption of pimples that blister, produce pus, and form pockmarks. Also called variola.

  • Strain

  • A specific version of an organism. Many diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, have multiple strains.

  • Subclinical Infection

  • The presence of infection without symptoms. Also known as inapparent or asymptomatic infection.

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • The sudden and unexpected death of a healthy infant under 1 year of age. A diagnosis of SIDS is made when an autopsy cannot determine another cause of death. The cause of SIDS is unknown. Also known as 'crib' or 'cot' death.

  • Susceptible

  • Unprotected against disease.

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