Journal article

Alternatives to conventional vaccines - Mediators of innate immunity

DP Eisen, HG Liley, RM Minchinton

Current Drug Targets | BENTHAM SCIENCE PUBL LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

Vaccines have been described as "weapons of mass protection". The eradication of many diseases is testament to their utility and effectiveness. Nevertheless, many vaccine preventable diseases remain prevalent because of political and economic barriers. Additionally, the effects of immaturity and old age, therapies that incapacitate the adaptive immune system and the multitude of strategies evolved by pathogens to evade immediate or sustained recognition by the mammalian immune system are barriers to the effectiveness of existing vaccines or development of new vaccines. In the front line of defence against the pervasiness of infection are the elements of the innate immune system. Innate immun..

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