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Part three of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, dives into the immune system. We explore some of the ins and outs of this system, how it responds to viruses, and how we’ve used that knowledge to protect ourselves from disease via vaccination.

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We're continuing our series on vaccines, with support from the National Institute for Healthcare Management Foundation. Last week we talked about the history of vaccines, and this week, in the third of the 6 episode series, we're talking about the immune system. We'll address the basics of how the immune system works and how different vaccines exploit that system to provide immunity without causing illness, ending with a quick stop at the intersection of vaccine and herd immunity. That's the topic of this week's Healthcare Triage.

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The immune system is incredibly impressive. We should all take a moment to appreciate that our bodies contain mechanisms to identify and destroy any number of foreign pathogens that we encounter in a lifetime