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Immunization

D. Goldblatt and M. Ramsay

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0703_update_001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Immunization

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Immunization is one of the most successful medical interventions ever developed: it prevents infectious diseases worldwide.

Mechanism of effect—the basis for the success of immunization is that the human immune system is able to respond to vaccines by producing pathogen-specific antibody and memory cells (both B and T cells) which protect the body should the pathogen be encountered....

Chapter.  4800 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Infectious Diseases

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