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Are vaccines an example of passive immunity?

ot generally but there are exceptions. Vaccines involve active immunity because when we receive a vaccine, our bodies go to work actively fighting off the microbial infection.

However, in some cases a vaccine may contain antibodies or lymphocytes that another human or an animal has produced in response to the microbe. Babies also receive passive immunity through vaccines when they are in utero via the placenta.

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