Host-pathogen interaction during bacterial vaccination

Timothy C Barnett, Jin Yan Lim, Amelia T Soderholm, Tania Rivera-Hernandez, Nicholas P West, Mark J Walker

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Vaccines have been developed and deployed against several important bacterial pathogens of humans, including Neisseria meningitidis, Bordetella pertussis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These vaccines are generally considered a successful public health measure and are effective at controlling disease symptoms and/or burden. However, a troubling consequence of recent vaccination programs has been the selection of vaccine escape mutants, whereby the pathogen displays a different repertoire of immune targets than those represented in the vaccine formulation. To address these issues of antigenic variation and bacterial evolution, continued and sustained efforts in epidemiological surveillance, vaccine development/formulation research, and understanding of the host-pathogen interaction are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Immunology
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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