Human Immunity to the Meningococcus: Development of Natural Immunity
This article, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, discusses a study in the United States that suggests that natural immunity to meningococcal disease is initiated, reinforced, and broadened by intermittent carriage of different strains of meningococci throughout life. In early childhood, when few children have antibodies to pathogenic meningococci, active immunization seems to occur as a result of carriage of atypical, nonpathogenic strains. Immunity to systemic meningococcal infection among infants in the neonatal period is associated with the passive transfer of IgG antibodies from mother to fetus.
Author(s): Goldschneider I, Gotschlich EC, Artenstein MS
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Citation: Goldschneider I, Gotschlich EC, Artenstein MS. Human Immunity to the Meningococcus: Development of Natural Immunity. Journal of Experimental Medicine. 1969;129(6):1327-1348.