Journal article

Factors That Influence the Immune Response to Vaccination

Petra Zimmermann, Nigel Curtis

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2019

Abstract

There is substantial variation between individuals in the immune response to vaccination. In this review, we provide an overview of the plethora of studies that have investigated factors that influence humoral and cellular vaccine responses in humans. These include intrinsic host factors (such as age, sex, genetics, and comorbidities), perinatal factors (such as gestational age, birth weight, feeding method, and maternal factors), and extrinsic factors (such as preexisting immunity, microbiota, infections, and antibiotics). Further, environmental factors (such as geographic location, season, family size, and toxins), behavioral factors (such as smoking, alcohol consumption, exercise, and sle..

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