Flu Shots

Kiley R. Prilliman kprillim at rex.re.uokhsc.edu
Tue Jun 4 10:27:46 EST 1996

> i was just wondering if anyone could tell me how the theory that
> vaccinations WEAKEN the immune system of children works? wouldnt being
> vaccinated STREGNTHEN the immune system ..i guess at least against 
> particular disease..

...I know that (in terms of infants, at least) capsular polysaccharide 
antigens cannot yet be acted against as thymus-independent antigens 
(this ability is acquired a bit later on...I've forgotten exactly when, 
however), and some other vaccinations, while they don't necessarily 
"weaken" the immune system, they are pointless to give to an infant as 
long as the infant still possesses circulating maternal IgG.

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