Neonatal Immunity

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The neonate lacks the ability to mount a full immunological response; accordingly, maternal IgG is transported across the placenta....


NEONATAL IMMUNITY

 

The neonate lacks the ability to mount a full immunological response; accordingly, maternal IgG is transported across the placenta late in pregnancy and is also absorbed across the gastrointestinal tract from breast milk. Maternal IgA secreted into breast milk will also provide mucosal protection for the neonate.

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