active immunity


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active immunity

[′ak·tiv im′yü·nət·ē]
(immunology)
Disease resistance in an individual due to antibody production after exposure to a microbial antigen following disease, inapparent infection, or inoculation.
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Thus, P2249f is a candidate for development as a vaccine for active immunity against worldwide variants of HIV.
Scientists believe it contributes to immune system maturation, the development of active substances on the surfaces of the gut and lung, and active immunity against infections.
In addition to developing vaccines to stimulate active immunity, Univax is developing antibodies produced by healthy plasma donors to prevent the onset of infections in at-risk patients.