Immunity through feeding

John Cherwonogrodzky jcherwon at
Thu Jan 11 16:08:32 EST 1996

Dear Chris Jones:
    I'm not an immunologist either. However, I believe that shortly after 
piglets are born, they do not have stomach acid and absorb proteins readily 
through their mucousal linings hence they readily absorb colostrum and hence 
the maternal antibodies. Provided it is early enough, feeding them plasma 
which may contain antibodies may also give passive immunity (similar to 
injections of GammaGlobulin for world travelers that need general immunity to 
a wide range of agents). Take care...John

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