vaccinate against

vaccinate against (something)

1. To make use a vaccine or similar substance to produce immunity or resistance against a particular disease. Citizens are being urged to vaccinate against the 'flu this winter. The mortality rate for polio was the highest in the world before the country started vaccinating against it in the 1960s.
2. To give someone or an animal a vaccine or similar substance to produce immunity or resistance against a particular disease. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "vaccinate" and "against." Before we began vaccinating children against tetanus, getting even a minor cut from something rusty could have proved lethal. Farmers who do not vaccinate their livestock against these diseases could face high fines or even jail time.
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vaccinate (someone or an animal) against something

to inoculate or immunize someone or an animal against some disease. They had to vaccinate us against yellow fever. The vet vaccinated the horse against everything that threatened it.
See also: vaccinate
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

vaccinate against

or vaccinate for
To give someone a vaccination to produce immunity to some infectious disease: The doctor vaccinated the child against measles. The dog has been vaccinated for rabies.
See also: vaccinate
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Summary: A national campaign to vaccinate against polio gained momentum Friday as the effort to immunize children spread to more areas of the country.
Elly Pittaway, from Broad Lane Vets, said: "For every dog we vaccinate against Kennel Cough, 25p will be donated.
Of the 31 states where Rite Aid stores are located, pharmacists can vaccinate against shingles in 27.
Of the 31 states where stores are located, Rite Aid pharmacists can vaccinate against shingles in 27: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
Perry signed an executive order requiring the shots, but many legislators opposed the move, saying parents should decide whether to vaccinate against a sexually transmitted disease.
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