Protecting newborns by vaccinating the mummy


About the research

Marjolein Orije (UAntwerpen) investigates whether vaccinating pregnant women helps to provide their child with the necessary antibodies against childhood diseases, such as whooping cough. Her research shows that vaccinating the pregnant mother also helps to boost the child's immune system, even if it is born prematurely.

Marjolein Orije

Marjolein R. P. Orije graduated in 2016 at the University of Antwerp as a major in Biomedical science. Since then, she has been working as a PhD fellow at The Center for the Evaluation of Vaccination. She works on the topic of maternal immunization, strengthening the immune system of children via their pregnant mother. 

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