About vaccines

A vaccine is a biological preparation which is designed to produce an immune response in the body to a particular disease.

Introducing killed or weakened disease-causing micro-organisms into the body results in the production of antibodies, which are our natural response to a disease threat. These antibodies are then already present in the body so that if and when the immune system encounters the same disease-causing organism (eg: Chicken Pox, Tuberculosis etc), it will mount a response to prevent the disease. Vaccines switch on the mechanism which allow our bodies to fight disease.

What are vaccines?

A vaccine is a biological preparation designed to elicit immunity ...

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How do vaccines work?

Vaccines teach our bodies’ defences – the immune system – ...

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Types of vaccines

Types of Vaccines Scientists decide the best approach to design ...

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How are vaccines developed?

Vaccines are intended for use in healthy individuals as a ...

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How are vaccines produced?

On average, it takes between 12-36 months* to manufacture a ...

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New vaccines in development

Vaccination was first pioneered in Europe and ever since, Europe ...

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Vaccines Today

Vaccines Today is an online platform for discussing vaccines and vaccination. The target audience is the general public and others in Europe with an interest in immunisation.


European Vaccination Information Portal

This platform provides accurate, objective and up-to-date evidence on vaccines and vaccination in general. It also provides an overview of the mechanisms in place in the European Union (EU) to ensure that available vaccines conform to the highest standards of safety and effectiveness.

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