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Protecting the immunocompromised is not only a matter of health equity, it’s critical to ending the pandemic.
The findings suggest boosters not only lengthen immunity but help broaden and strengthen the immune response.
Evidence is growing that contracting SARS-CoV-2 is generally as effective as vaccination at preventing COVID-19.
Younger adults and stem cell transplant recipients are at highest risk for measles and mumps.
Experts call for heightened precautions and better, more intensive therapies for COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.
Many experts argue that COVID-19 cannot be curbed without vaccinating children. But others aren’t so sure.
Scientific evidence appears to show that vaccine-induced immunity is stronger than what the body generates after natural infection.
While the United States is getting closer to this point, most health experts caution, it still has ground to cover.
Natural immunity and vaccine responses may be weaker in people with immune suppression, so they should get their second dose promptly.
The coronavirus vaccines are safe and should be effective even for people with advanced cancer.
More than 95% of people who recovered from COVID-19 had durable immune system memory up to eight months after infection.
Another vaccine, from Novavax, was 89% effective in a U.K. trial, but both were less potent against the South African coronavirus mutation.
Long-lived memory immune cells continue to provide protection even after antibody levels drop.
People who have had evidence of a prior infection appear to have some degree of protection against being reinfected with the virus.
COVID-19 vaccines may be somewhat less effective for people on active treatment, but they should still get vaccinated. And it’s very safe.
Immune cells called T cells helped prevent reinfection and may be especially important if antibody levels are low or decline over time.
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