Function of the immune system
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Function of the immune system

Charles Hendry Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Alistair Farley Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Ella McLafferty Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Carolyn Johnstone Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee

This article, which forms part of the life sciences series, explores the function of the immune system. It is important that nurses understand how the immune system works and its role in the prevention of infection. Innate and adaptive immunity are described and the differences between these two types of immune response are discussed. The acquisition and development of a competent immune system are also explored.

Nursing Standard. 27, 19,35-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.01.27.19.35.c9497

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Accepted: 03 March 2011

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