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Medicine that contains a dead or weakened pathogen. It stimulates the immune system so that the vaccinated person has an immunity against that particular disease.


Microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts and fungi

Infectious diseases

Preventable infectious disease is estimated to cause two thirds of child deaths and, in 2008, more than 9.5 million people died of infectious disease.

vaccine to prevent spread of H1N1influenza
was developed rapidly bypharmaceutical companies.

More about microbes

Learn more about microbes which cause disease on this Society for General Microbiology site.