MBI 161 - Elementary Medical Microbiology

Host Defense against Infectious Disease

Specific Host Defense (Immunity)

Adaptive host defense factors are immune factors that are triggered by antigens, substances produced by microbes during infection, and are specific for those pathogens to which one is exposed

Immunocompromised people are more susceptible to infectious diseases than normal people, and this increased susceptibility can be due to one or more of these:


Killed or attenuated (weakened) preparations containing microbial antigens that are used to stimulate immune responses without causing disease are called vaccines

Development and applications of immunology concepts

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