Jack Rowe's Washington Post opinion piece on Covid-19 and the aging immune system

Monday, June 29, 2020

On June 29, faculty member Jack Rowe wrote in the Washington Post opinion page about how the body’s response to infection changes with age:

With normal aging, we see progressive deleterious changes in our immune systems. One component, inflammation, is exaggerated with advancing age — a finding termed “ inflamm-aging” — which can worsen infections when we get them. Other components of our immune systems weaken with age because the cells that fight off invading organisms directly, or through release of antibodies, become less effective in old age. That’s why older people need stronger doses of the flu vaccine to elicit a protective response.

Click through to the Washington Post to read Dr. Rowe's piece.