Feature Article: Science Made Easy — Maternal Antibodies and Vaccines

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Parents PACK

Are maternal antibodies considered while making the vaccine schedule?

Most people have heard that babies are protected by maternal antibodies that cross the placenta during pregnancy and introduced via breast milk after birth. But have you ever wondered whether the presence of these maternally derived antibodies affect a baby’s response to vaccines?

In this short video, Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, answers this question and describes how populational levels of maternal antibodies can change over time, requiring adjustments to the immunization schedule.

This is the first video in a series of Science Made Easy videos that will be featured throughout the year in the Parents PACK newsletter. Please let us know what you think by emailing us at vacinfo@email.chop.edu.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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