Your immune system helps protect your body from foreign or harmful substances. Examples are bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood or tissues from another person. The immune system makes cells and something call antibodies that destroy these harmful substances.
Aging Changes and Their Effects on the Immune System
As you grow older, your immune system changes and does not work as well:
To decrease the risks related to aging and the immune system:
As You Grow Older, You Will Have Other Changes, Including:
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