Herd immunity: basic concept and relevance to public health immunization practices.

@article{Fox1971HerdIB,
  title={Herd immunity: basic concept and relevance to public health immunization practices.},
  author={J. P. Fox and L. Elveback and W. Scott and L. Gatewood and E. Ackerman},
  journal={American journal of epidemiology},
  year={1971},
  volume={94 3},
  pages={
          179-89
        }
}
Specific immunization has long been a basic tool in medical practice and in local, state, national and international public health. However, the protection afforded by such immunization has been largely limited to the persons immunized because: 1) the usual sources of infection are extra-human (tetanus, yellow fever); 2) spread is primarily by indirect means (typhoid); or 3) those immunized may remain at least partially susceptible to infection and, hence, continue as potential links in the… Expand
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