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An "altruistic vaccine" is a vaccine that is administered not only to protect the vaccinee, but also to protect unvaccinated or unvaccinatable persons (collective protection).
Altruistic vaccines include vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, pertussis, etc. The opposite of an altruistic vaccine is a selfish vaccine (Hof H et a. 2019).
LiteratureThis section has been translated automatically.
- Hof H (2019) Vaccinations. In: Hof H, Schlüter D, Dörries R, eds Duale Reihe Medizinische Mikrobiologie. 7th, completely revised and expanded edition. Stuttgart: Thieme S 745