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I would suspect that it's because not every disease caused by microbes can be treated by vaccines. For example vaccines are not as effective on microbes that cause skin infections because the antibodies generated by being vaccinated travel in the blood and some microbes damage the skin and nearby tissues without going into the circulatory system to be ...


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Mainly cost/benefit analysis. Using vaccines has a cost, both in dollars and in risk. That cost may be very low (cheap safe vaccines, like measles vaccine), or may be relatively high (smallpox vaccine is relatively risky, with around a 1 in 300,000 chance of moderate to severe side effects); but there is always some cost. Vaccines may not have any ...


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