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Abstract: Individual immunity is a powerful force affecting host health and pathogen evolution. Importantly, the effects of individual immunity also scale up to affect pathogen transmission dynamics and the success of vaccination campaigns for entire host populations. Population-scale immunity is often termed ‘herd immunity’.Here, we outline how individual immunity maps to population outcomes and discuss implications for control of infectious diseases. Particular immunological characteristics may be more or less likely to result in a population level signature of herd immunity, and we detail this, and also discuss other population level outcomes might emerge from individual level immunity.
Publication Date: Dec-2015
Citation: Metcalf, C.J.E., Ferrari, M., Graham, A.L., Grenfell, B.T. (2015). Understanding Herd Immunity. Trends in Immunology, 36 (12), 753 - 755. doi:10.1016/
DOI: doi:10.1016/
ISSN: 1471-4906
Pages: 753 - 755
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Trends in Immunology
Version: Author's manuscript

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