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12-31-2006, 03:28 AM
does anyone have an idea about how much of a science background they might have had?

do you think theyd know about immunization and antibodies?

thank you

Sandi LeFaucheur
12-31-2006, 04:12 AM
Yes, is the short answer.

My mother's nursing textbook (British) has a section on vaccination, from which I quote:

"A vaccine is a preparation rather different from a serum. It consists of dead germs, or the toxins which have been obtained from them, suspended in saline solution; a vaccine therefore contains the same irritating substances as does a germ, but in a much weaker form, since in most instances the germs are dead before the vaccine is made. A vaccine acts as an antigen, a substance which stimulates the patient's tissues to reproduce antibodies."

It then goes on to describe administering vaccines, reactions, etc.

A General Textbook of Nursing, first published 1937. This edition, 1949.

12-31-2006, 04:24 AM
thank you.


12-31-2006, 04:33 AM
Immunization would be definite - immunizations date back much further than the World War II era and were mandatory for most school attendance in the US long before that time.

I'm not sure about antibodies but maybe someone else here will know that one.

Sandi LeFaucheur
12-31-2006, 04:58 AM
World War 2 wasn't the dark ages! And Johnnysannie, if you'll note my posting (#2), you'll see antibodies are mentioned.