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.
It’s not a bad sign if you feel fine after your COVID-19 shot.
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It’s normal for different people to mount stronger or weaker immune responses to a vaccine, but post-shot side effects won’t tell you which you are.
Children in the study seemed to display a very strong “innate” immune response.
Masking up is one way to cut down on risk of COVID-19 infection.
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Older coronavirus patients face grimmer outlooks. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.
An artist’s impression of antibodies (red and blue) responding to an infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (purple).
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If antibody levels drop dramatically after an infection, what does that mean for immunity? An expert explains how B and T cells contribute to immunity and why antibodies don’t tell the full story.
There are currently no permanent treatments for most patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
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Researchers discover clues to the origin of inflammatory bowel disease and a possible strategy for treatment.
A nursing home resident who tested positive for the virus visits through the window with her daughter.
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Different demographics are more or less vulnerable to serious complications from the coronavirus. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.
A virus like SARS can shut down cytokine production, enabling it to multiply to higher levels and causing significant infection and even death.
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We’ve all endured infections. Here’s how it works when our bodies are attacked by viruses, bacteria or parasites, and our innate immune system becomes the first line of defence.
The only thing standing between invaders such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi and our devastation is our immune system.
The immune system does such a good job most of the time that we only really think about it when things go wrong. But to provide such excellent protection, it must constantly learn.
The innate immune response causes the common signs of inflammation including swelling, pain, heat, redness and loss of function.
The immune system is critical for protecting against illness-causing organisms, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, which are collectively known as pathogens. Without it, we would quickly become infected…