Innate Immunity and Infection
The interferon system is the body’s first line of defense against infections. It links up the body’s two most important lines of defense: the innate and the acquired immune response. The interferon system thus represents an important aspect of the body’s ability to defend itself against an infection.
If the interferon system were missing, viruses would be allowed to proliferate unchecked, and protective immune responses like the ones triggered during a vaccination would not be able to develop properly.
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