Just the Vax Trivia Corner

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What is the difference between immunity from breastfeeding and immunity from vaccination?

a. Vaccines provide long-term immunologic memory, whereas breastfeeding provides short-term immunologic memory.

b. There is no difference — breastfeeding and vaccination both provide long-term immunologic memory.

c. Vaccines provide short-term immunologic memory, whereas breastfeeding provides long-term immunologic memory.

d. There is no difference — breastfeeding and vaccination both provide short-term immunologic memory.

The correct answer is A. When babies are breastfed, they get antibodies from their mother’s milk; however, these antibodies only last a few weeks or months. Conversely, when babies are vaccinated, their own immune systems respond; therefore, immunologic memory is created, which is much longer lasting.

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