Natural Antibodies Vs. Vaccine: Which Is More Effective?

Natural Antibodies Vs. Vaccine: Which Is More Effective?

If you want to prevent contracting COVID-19, it’s important to understand your level of immunity from this respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus identified two years ago.

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in the United States have recovered from a case of COVID-19 and could have lingering natural antibodies that grant some immunity to reinfection. And, the multiple safe and effective vaccines approved by the US FDA work very well to protect fully vaccinated people against COVID-19.

At GatherWell of Ham Lake, Elk River, Edina, Oakdale, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, our team is dedicated to giving you accurate information about COVID-19. We offer a full range of COVID-19 testing services, with an on-site laboratory that lets us get you your results fast.

Here’s what we want our patients to understand about natural antibodies vs. vaccination for COVID-19 immunity.

Antibodies and your immune system

Your immune system protects your body from the invading germs that can cause infectious diseases. Antibodies are a key part of your immune system.

If you become infected by a pathogen like the SARS-CoV-2 virus, your immune system learns to mount an antibody response that’s targeted against that particular germ. If you recover, your immune system remembers how to mount a targeted antibody response to future exposure. This gives you some protection against repeat infection.

Vaccination actually works similarly. A vaccine introduces your immune system to an inactivated virus or, in the case of several US-approved COVID-19 vaccines, a replica of a unique viral spike protein. Your immune system is able to learn to produce targeted antibodies without your having to risk infection.

COVID-19 protection: natural antibodies vs. vaccines

When it comes to COVID-19, here’s what the data shows on the relative effectiveness of post-recovery natural antibodies and vaccination for protection against future infection:

While natural antibodies can protect you against reinfection, it’s risky to try to get COVID-19 in order to protect yourself. Fighting off the virus can strain your health, as well as your local healthcare systems if caseloads become high.

You can also protect yourself and your community by staying informed about your infection status. If you know you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or if you have symptoms like loss of sense of smell, body aches, fever, or a dry cough, get tested at GatherWell right away. The more you know, the better you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Schedule an appointment at GatherWell by calling now, or book with our online scheduling tool.

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