What does immunization mean?

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  1. (US, uncountable) The process by which an individual is safely exposed in a controlled manner to a material that is designed to prime their immune system against that material.
  2. (US, countable) One such exposure.
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Today monkeypox is not spreading fast, but the slow decline of immunization to smallpox may nudge monkeypox up into the breakout zone.
Although smallpox has no known cure or specific treatment, the disease was beaten with a massive, worldwide immunization campaign.
Such infants should receive hepatitis B vaccine shortly after birth and complete their immunization according to a particular schedule.
The immunization level for specific diseases such as polio and measles now surpasses 90 percent.
Intensive immunization campaigns have resulted in a marked decrease in polio throughout the world.
Active immunization by vaccination with tetanus toxoid is now usual in childhood, along with diphtheria and whooping cough vaccines.

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