Measles virus particles are shown budding off an infected cell in this colored transmission electron micrograph. As the infectious particles are released from the cell surface, they are enclosed in a lipid envelope (brown edging on particles).
LGBTQ Health Discovery at HMS

Forget Me Not

Vaccination against the measles virus effectively prevents the disease and, according to an international team of researchers led by investigators at HMS, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, also prevents impairment of immune memory. The research team found that infection by the measles virus wipes out 11 percent to 73 percent of the antibodies that “remember” past infections by other pathogens, making individuals newly vulnerable to a range of other infections—from herpesvirus to pneumonia. The findings underscore the importance of measles vaccination.

Mina MJ et al., Science, November 2019

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