inoculate against

inoculate against (something)

To vaccinate someone so that they become immune to a particular disease (named after "against"). A noun or pronoun can be used between "inoculate" and "against." No, I never had chicken pox as a kid, so I've been inoculated against it. The MMR vaccine inoculates children against measles, mumps, and rubella.
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inoculate someone against something

to immunize someone against a disease. We need to inoculate all the children against whooping cough. Have you been inoculated against measles?
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The move to ease the cost of borrowing was well telegraphed and meant to inoculate against global risks washing onto American shores, but financial markets were whipsawed by confusion over whether another cut would be coming.
In the editorial, headlined "How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers," the Times called on states to emulate California, where Big Pharma-funded lawmakers eliminated personal-belief exemptions in 2015.
Pakistan has suffered gravely in the last decade from the forces of hate, and to inoculate against such forces we need to have curricula that celebrate diversity and encourage rational debate and discourse.
There is a reason why it is more difficult to inoculate against H3N2.
The Three Lions kick off their 2014 campaign in Manaus, in the Amazon region of Brazil, against Italy on June 14 and Foreign Office advice for travellers to that area is for jabs to inoculate against a range of diseases including Rabies, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Diphtheria and Hepatitis.
A shot to inoculate against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) will be available for adults only.
Besides, it doesn't inoculate against the poison, but merely avoids it.
He said that the soldiers took him to Soroka Hospital for treatment and injected him with a needle, ostensibly to inoculate against poisoning from the dog bite.Khaled Nayef Salem, 32 and from Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, was arrested on October 24.
Next month it could be another disease we are told to inoculate against with unproven and untested medicines, or take precautionary medication, further damaging our immune systems.
My doctor, I mean my health professional, hasn't even received his allotment of serum to inoculate against the regular flu that wipes out a portion of us every year, not to mention a more esoteric drug that would keep the world's chickens from killing us.
In his book Smart Mobs, Howard Rheingold makes a related point, observing: "The Web spread by infection, not fiat." Here again, the DoD--like many other bureaucracies--has a tendency to inoculate against such "infections," rather than allowing them to spread and grow as the Web has.
To inoculate against this known resistance to change strategy, seven-year contracts were written in Hawaii with EPIC to ensure that FGC would endure past the changes of the political administration.
"They want to inoculate against ideological spillover," the US official said.