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Would somebody please clarify the basics of serotype replacement and what vaccines this would then apply to? I've seen the term posted a lot, but couldn't really find a good place to research it. Does it just apply to the hib and prevnar vaccines?

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you can add the HPV vaccine to that list - too early for it to have happened yet, but you can bet on it happening.
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Here is how I understand it. We have lots of bacteria and viruses and other microorganisms in us. They are a part of us. They live with us. They need us and we need them. Some say we may depend more on them than they depend on us. But who knows?

Some years ago microorganisms were discovered. They were found in places in our body that were sick or infected. From that we assumed that those microorganisms were the cause. Medicine began to fight those organisms and found that there was an improvement in the condition.

That sort of lead to the thinking that perhaps we should eliminate those microorganisms from out body entirely. Vaccines try to do that. They target certain viruses or bacteria and build antibodies to them.

The question is, if we build antibodies and those antibodies eliminate those particular organisms, which ones take the place of the ones eliminated? (Serotype replacements.)

And if we eliminate and make room for the serotypes, won't they become a pathogen?

Our body has to be kept in balance. Vaccines mess with that and we don't really know the consequences.

Maybe someone else can explain it in a more scientific way, that's my version.
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