NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,408 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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live virus vaccine
(… VY-rus vak-SEEN)
A vaccine made from a virus that has been weakened so it does not cause the disease the virus usually causes. A live virus vaccine helps the body’s immune system recognize and fight infections caused by the non-weakened form of the virus. Examples of live virus vaccines are the chickenpox vaccine and the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. It is not safe for pregnant women or people with weak immune systems to receive a live virus vaccine.