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Cloze Test Practice

Vaccination is a term coined by Edward Jenner for the __ 1 __ of administering live, albeit weakened, microbes to patients, with the intent of conferring immunity against a targeted form of a related __ 2 __ agent. Vaccination (Latin: vacca—cow) is so named because the first vaccine was derived from a virus affecting cows: the cowpox virus, a relatively benign virus that, in its __ 3 __ form, provides a degree of immunity to smallpox, a contagious and __ 4 __ disease. In common speech, 'vaccination' and 'immunization' generally have the same colloquial meaning.

Vaccination efforts were initially met with some resistance before early success brought widespread acceptance and mass vaccination campaigns were undertaken. The eradication of smallpox is considered the most spectacular success of vaccination. The last natural case of smallpox was discovered on October 26, 1977 in Somalia. This date is considered the anniversary of the __ 5 __ of smallpox.

Modern-day critics of vaccination are concerned that __ 6 __ vaccination plays a role in autoimmune disease and autism, though large-scale scientific studies have failed to find a link.

In the generic sense, the process of triggering immune response, in an effort to protect against infectious disease, works by 'priming' the immune system with an 'immunogen'. Stimulating immune response, via use of an infectious agent, is known as immunization. Vaccinations __ 7 __ the administration of one or more immunogens, in the form of live, but weakened (attenuated) infectious agents, which __ 8 __ are either weaker, but closely-related species (as with smallpox and cowpox), or strains weakened by some process. In such cases, an immunogen is called a vaccine.

Some modern vaccines are administered after the patient already has contracted a disease, as in the cases of experimental AIDS, cancer and Alzheimer's disease vaccines. Vaccinia given after exposure to smallpox, within the first four days, is reported to __ 9 __ the disease considerably, as vaccination within the first week is thought to be beneficial to a degree. The essential theory behind such immunizations is that the vaccine triggers __ 10 __  immune response than the natural infection itself.



1.       process           transmission          procedure              growing

2.       sick                unhealthy             disease                  sickness

3.       healthy          demi                     sick                      weakened   

4.       deathable        dead                    deadly                   deathly

5.       eradication       existence              killing                    terminate

6.       childhood         adulthood              childish                 children

7.       produce           involve                  need                    acquaint

8.       virtually           normally                usually                  always

9.       attenuate        diminish                 eradicate              disappear

10.     super               huge                    enormous              superior


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