I read somewhere:

Get a Tetanus shot.....

Does "Tetanus shot" mean "Tetanus Vaccine "?

And can "shot" be used for other vaccines as well, like "Typhoid", "Pneumonia" etc.

Get a Typhoid shot.


Get a Typhoid vaccine.

If both "shot" and "vaccine" are interchangeable, then what will be more likely to be used by a native, "shot" or "vaccine"?


A shot basically means an injection (of any kind, not just for vaccination) (Vocabulary.com).

Vaccine is a general term for all types of vaccines; a shot is a vaccine given as an injection.

Fainting after getting a shot: Fainting after any vaccine is more common among adolescents. Sitting or lying down when getting a shot and then for about 15 minutes after the shot can help prevent fainting. (CDC.gov)

Vaccination is the act of getting a vaccine, usually as a shot. (Vaccines.gov)

Vaccines in the form of tablets are called oral vaccines and not shots.

There are two vaccines to prevent typhoid. One is an inactivated (killed) vaccine gotten as a shot. The other is a live, attenuated (weakened) vaccine which is taken orally (by mouth). (CDC.gov)

  • One tiny quibble: a shot is any type of medical injection, whether it's a vaccine or not. You can get a Vitamin B-12 shot, for example, which is not a vaccine. Jun 12 '19 at 14:26
  • Yes, I updated.
    – Jan
    Jun 12 '19 at 14:28

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