oa South African Family Practice - The basics of viral vaccines : CPD

Volume 48, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



The family practitioner plays an important role in preventing disease. An estimated two million people die globally from vaccine-preventable diseases each year. Immunisation of children does not only benefit the immunised children, but also their contacts and the community at large. Selective vaccination of adults should be a speciality of every family practitioner. This article discusses the principles of immunisation against hepatitis, mumps, measles, rubella, chickenpox, poliomyelitis, yellow fever and influenza.

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