Health Literacy Thesaurus: Medical terms, phrases, references,
and their Plain English equivalents or definitions

V (vaccinate - vomit)

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vaccinateto protect against disease, usually by a shot
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting SystemVAERS, a way for doctors to make sure that vaccines aren’t hurting anyone
Vaccine Safety Datalink ProjectVSD, a way for doctors to learn more about vaccines
vaccineshot, flu shot, medicine
vagueunclear, not for sure, not certain
validateprove, test
validitytruth, proof
variantversion, slightly different
Varicellachicken pox
varychange, shift
vehiclecar, truck, bus
verbatimexact, word for word
verifycheck, find out
vesicularblisters, small bumps on your skin
viableable to live, usable, can be used
vicinityarea, location
viral sheddingcoughing and sneezing
viremiaviruses in the blood
virulencestrength; measure of how dangerous the disease is
virulentstrong, dangerous
voluminouslarge, bulky
voluntaryvoluntary, done without being forced
vomitthrow up

Source: CDC Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications. Other related materials: Vaccines & Immunizations Glossary; Harvard School of Public Health "Plain Language Glossaries" for asthma, arthritis, and lupus; Medical Library Association "Deciphering Medspeak" for diabetes, stroke, and HIV-AIDS

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