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August 1969

Biologics Control of Virus Vaccines

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md
From the Division of Biologics Standards, National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, Department of Health Education, and Welfare, Bethesda, Md.

Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(2):334-337. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040336031

ALTHOUGH the title assigned to me is broad, I think it will be most useful if I confine my remarks on the biologics control of virus vaccines to some general considerations concerning rubella vaccine. The subject of this conference has brought up a number of novel features, and rubella vaccine will prove to be not just another new vaccine, but a different vaccine.

I am rather pleased that the word "vaccine" does not appear in the title of this conference. "Rubella immunization" is much more appropriate at this time. Were the word "vaccine" applied only to products that have reached the stage of development at which they can be considered for licensing or its equivalent, much confusion could be avoided. Misunderstandings occur when a preparation is administered to animals under experimental conditions and referred to as a vaccine. It is too much to expect that a new term be

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