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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