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What is a booster vaccination?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: A boosting effect

Boosters give a boost or increased immune response to a previous series of shots.
For instance, every baby gets vaccine series for tetanus, diptheria and pertussis. The effects wane over time so every 5-10 years we need a boost to that effect with another shot. Other vaccines are not boosters - the 2nd MMR and chicken pox are examples. They convert the 10% people who didnt respond to the 1st.

In brief: A boosting effect

Boosters give a boost or increased immune response to a previous series of shots.
For instance, every baby gets vaccine series for tetanus, diptheria and pertussis. The effects wane over time so every 5-10 years we need a boost to that effect with another shot. Other vaccines are not boosters - the 2nd MMR and chicken pox are examples. They convert the 10% people who didnt respond to the 1st.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology

In brief: Vaccines

A booster vaccination is given as a follow up vaccine to augment the effects of the original series.
Immune responses may wane to a particular vaccine and by giving a booster this can help maintain the effectiveness.

In brief: Vaccines

A booster vaccination is given as a follow up vaccine to augment the effects of the original series.
Immune responses may wane to a particular vaccine and by giving a booster this can help maintain the effectiveness.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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