Glossary of Medical Terminology for Immunisation and Vaccine development


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Supporting communication for the COVID-19 vaccination program
This glossary was developed to help community organisations, translators and interpreters, bilingual
workers, and community leaders to better understand and communicate about vaccine development and

This glossary aims to provide plain language meanings to complex medical terminology about immunisation
and vaccine development. The information is to be used as a reference tool only.
If you would like to provide feedback or add a new word or term to the list, please contact Associate
Professor Holly Seale on or +61 (02) 9385 3129.

This resource was developed by:

  • Associate Professor Holly Seale, School of Population Health, University of New South Wales
  • Lisa Woodland, Director, NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service
  • Dr Kylie Quinn, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences; RMIT University
  • Dr Sabira Shrestha, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
  • Vicky Jacobson, Coordinator, Refugee Health Network Queensland
  • Dr Carissa Bonner, The School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Special thanks:
We would like to thank the following people for reviewing the glossary:

  • Associate Professor Christopher Blyth, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases,
    Telethon Kids Institute.
  • Dr Nadia Chaves
  • Benine Muriithi, Patricia Argüello de Avila and Mariam Elliott, Refugee Health Network Queensland
  • Fartih Karakas and Ismail Akinci, All Graduates
  • Dr Jan Fizzell, Senior Medical Advisor, Public Health Response Branch, NSW Health
  • Eva Melham and team, Western Sydney Local Health District Translation Service

Thanks to
The Health Literacy Lab for testing the glossary using their online real-time editor
(Ayre, J., et al. (2021). Sydney Health Literacy Lab (SHLL) Health Literacy Editor).
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