CONGRESS 2023 - Vaccines and immunodeficiency testing (Wednesday)

Last updated: 22nd September 2023

A person's immune response to previous antigen exposure is one of the most useful measures of how well their immune system is functioning. Vaccination provides a controlled and standardised exposure to an antigen, with the ability to assess immune responses prior to and after exposure. Different vaccine types can be used to explore different aspects of immune function. Traditionally, antibody levels have been used to interrogate these responses, and it is possible to explore the quality of the antibody response and also cellular responses. A wide variability in the response to vaccination in healthy individuals can complicate interpretation of vaccine responses in patients with recurrent infections. Protection from infection is multifactorial, and while our ability to assess vaccine responses is improving, this alone is often not enough to assess an individual's immunity.

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27th September 2023
Venue: The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham
Learning outcomes
  • Describe different vaccines and the immune mechanisms involved in vaccine responses.
  • Review of current methods to measure vaccine response.
  • Protection or investigation? - how to use vaccination in patients with immunodeficiency.
  • Future vaccinology: better vaccines and better response assessments.