Immunol. Contraception

Michael G. Kurilla mgk2r at Virginia.EDU
Fri Dec 3 11:24:08 EST 1993


txpljfg at UABCVSR.CVSR.UAB.EDU writes:
> 
> The issue is: Are we really talking about contraception here?  Many
> vaccines tend to induce immunity that is relatively permanent.  If this
> were the case with an immunologic vaccine, then the result would
> effectively be sterilization.
> 

Actually, most vaccines are not permanent, hence the need for
booster shots.  Data is just now being accumulated on the
timespan of effective protection of the recombinant Hep B
vaccine.  The smallpox vaccine (still used by those of use who
work with vaccinia virus) has only recently been upgraded from
3 year booster to 10 year booster.

Mike K



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