You might not know you’ve had it. Or perhaps your immune system or genes have given you a boost. Or maybe you’re just lucky.
Rheumatoid arthritis leads to painful joint inflammation, often in the hands and wrists.
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A new species of bacteria that doesn’t normally live in the gut may trigger an immune response so strong that it spreads to the joints.
Louis Pasteur was a pioneer in chemistry, microbiology, immunology and vaccinology.
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On World Rabies Day – which is also the anniversary of French microbiologist Louis Pasteur’s death – a virologist reflects on the achievements of this visionary scientist.
Broadly neutralizing antibodies are able to recognize multiple strains of HIV at once.
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Antiretroviral therapies for HIV, while extremely effective, need to be taken daily for life. Designing antibody treatments that need to be taken only once could improve compliance and reduce drug resistance.
Evidence is growing there are changes to your immune system that may put you at risk of other infectious diseases.
Approximately 30% of people who get COVID-19 develop long-term symptoms, or long COVID-19.
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A new study finds that misdirected immune responses can persist for months in those who are suffering from long COVID-19.
Bacteria can team up with viruses to cause coinfections.
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Coinfections with bacteria can make viral infections even deadlier. Researchers have identified a protein in immune cells that may play a role in fighting both types of pathogens.
The immune system usually stays dormant in the lungs in times of health.
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While a strong immune response is essential to fight against viral infection, an immune system that continues to stay active long after the virus has been cleared can lead to lung damage.
Viral surveillance and prediction may be key parts of figuring out what goes into a vaccine.
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A new generation of vaccines and boosters against SARS-CoV-2 may take a page from the anti-influenza playbook, with shots periodically tailored to target the most commonly circulating virus strains.
COVID cases are predicted to rise as we face another variant. So a 4th shot to top up our immunity is looking more likely as we head into winter.
Researchers are working to develop vaccines that provide long-term immune protection from COVID-19.
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Because COVID-19 is a relatively new virus, researchers still aren’t sure exactly how long vaccines and prior infections provide protection.
Immunologists are studying how the SARS-CoV-2 virus interacts with antibodies in the immune system.
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COVID-19 has taken away so much. An immunology researcher describes the good it may leave behind.
The Novavax COVID vaccine is now available in Australia. What makes it different from the other vaccines? And why are some people waiting for it to get vaccinated?
Taking OM85 could lower the risk of developing asthma by protecting babies’ lungs from damaging infections in the early years of life.
One study suggests the virus takes an average of 36 days to clear from the body after symptoms first appear.
Variant-specific vaccines would undoubtedly increase immunity. But waves of new variants would engulf the population faster than these vaccines could ever be deployed.
There’s not enough evidence yet to support the AstraZeneca CEO’s statement. But it is theoretically plausible.
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The development of COVID vaccines has already been explosive. There are more innovations on the way.
Many vaccine formulations are tweaked for patients of different ages.
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First CDC signed off on a COVID-19 vaccine for adults, then teens. Now US children ages 5 to 11 are officially eligible for shots. Here’s the science on why each group needs to be considered separately.
Protection from infection wanes over time. So boosters will offer extra protection and hopefully reduce the spread of the virus even further.