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.