In light of mounting research showing the serious risks of contracting COVID-19 during pregnancy, the CDC is re-upping its urgency that pregnant women get their shots.
But the immune cells that vaccination spurs do last a long time.
People with HIV need to take daily medication to keep the virus at bay. A study has found that a new treatment combination could boost immunity and control virus levels even after stopping medication.
An FDA panel has voted against recommending approval of a booster COVID-19 shot for the general population – disappointing some public health officials.
‘Breakthrough’ infections can happen because of waning immunity or high viral doses. But our vaccines are still excellent at preventing severe disease and death.
A COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility – but it can protect you from the dangerous complications of contracting the virus.
Recovering from COVID and then getting vaccinated, known as hybrid immunity, is more potent than being infected or vaccinated alone.
New DNA evidence shows humans may have been battling coronaviruses for longer than recorded history.
Various companies use different ingredients and different delivery systems in their COVID-19 vaccines. Researchers are investigating whether it’s better for individuals to mix what’s available.
Vaccination is likely to substantially reduce virus transmission by reducing the pool of people who become infected, and reducing virus levels in people who do get infected.
Scientists around the world are trying to come up with universal coronavirus vaccines to combat the emergence of variants. But what are these vaccines and are they even possible?
Children in the study seemed to display a very strong “innate” immune response.
Maintaining antibodies in the blood requires creating certain long-lasting immune cells – but this doesn’t always happen.
While the whole world is obsessed by the COVID-19 pandemic, another equally deadly threat is going unnoticed: antibiotic resistance.
Long-term protection will depend on the ‘memory response’ developed by our immune systems – and the initial signs are promising.
Sterilising immunity means that the immune system is able to completely prevent a virus from replicating in your body. Not all vaccines provide this.
Fauci turns 80 this Dec. 24 – and he’s been on the national stage for decades. Here’s more about his work before COVID-19 and why he was perfectly poised to help the US respond to the pandemic.
Several new studies show our immune responses to the virus can last at least eight or nine months, and probably longer.
A new study is the first to identify sex differences in inflammation and immune cell activation in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, which causes COVID-19.
Our first exposure to a pathogen, either naturally or via vaccination, can affect how our immune system responds in the future to the same or similar pathogens.