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When people think about how the brain is protected, they typically think about the skull. And, while the bones of the skull are an important external protective barrier, people often don’t realize that internal barriers also protect the brain. One of the most important internal barriers is the blood-brain barrier (BBB).
In this Science Made Easy video, Dr. Offit explains the importance of the blood-brain barrier in protecting the brain from infections caused by viruses and bacteria. He also addresses why we can be reassured that vaccines aren’t likely to cross this important protective barrier, a question some parents have related to vaccine safety.
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