Explainer: COVID-19 vaccine dosage

As it stands, over 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Australia. This doesn’t mean 4 million people are fully vaccinated – both of the vaccines currently approved for use in Australia require two doses to reach full immunity. As of the end of May, half a million Australians have been fully … Continue reading Explainer: COVID-19 vaccine dosage

100-year-old vaccine boosts immune system

Australian scientists have revealed the answer to a decades-old mystery – why does the tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) protect infants from a range of other diseases as well as TB Scientists from Perth’s Telethon Kids Institute have revealed that the BCG jab boosts the immune systems of newborn mice by creating a dramatic … Continue reading 100-year-old vaccine boosts immune system

Immune cells found in breast ducts

Australian researchers have discovered a new type of immune cell they say helps keep breast tissue healthy by regulating a process within mammary ducts, where most breast cancers arise. Using advanced 3D imaging techniques, they observed how the cells monitor for threats in the ducts and “eat” dying milk-producing cells needing to be cleared away … Continue reading Immune cells found in breast ducts