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Are there ways for the immune system to be re-programmed?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes & no

In some ways, your immune system gets "reprogrammed" every time we encounter a new germ by "learning" how to combat it so that it is eliminated better the next time it is encountered.
This memory feature is harder to reprogram. Some memory fades over time (hence the need for booster shots); o/w immunosuppresants are used to dampen an unwanted response (as in preventing transplant rejection).

In brief: Yes & no

In some ways, your immune system gets "reprogrammed" every time we encounter a new germ by "learning" how to combat it so that it is eliminated better the next time it is encountered.
This memory feature is harder to reprogram. Some memory fades over time (hence the need for booster shots); o/w immunosuppresants are used to dampen an unwanted response (as in preventing transplant rejection).
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy shots can reprogram the immune system and turn off the production of allergic antibodies. Allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be used to treat allergy to insect venom stings and aeroallergens (pollen, animal dander, mold, dust mites etc.). Food allergy cannot be treated with allergy shots.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Immune system

The only true way to re-program the immune system is with a bone marrow transplant that wipes out all the existing stem cells and then replaces them with donor stem cells.

In brief: Immune system

The only true way to re-program the immune system is with a bone marrow transplant that wipes out all the existing stem cells and then replaces them with donor stem cells.
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