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Pertussis is a highly infectious bacterial disease involving the lungs and airways. It is also known as whooping cough.


Rubella (German measles) is a viral infection. In healthy individuals it is usually a mild disease.

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How vaccines work

Each virus and bacterium triggers a unique response in the immune system involving a specific set of cells in the blood...

When to vaccinate

Vaccines protect people during different stages of life. Vaccines are recommended for different age...