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Will my child have immunity against malaria?

Q: I caught malaria twice in Ghana in the year before I fell pregnant. I believe it was not the type that relapses. My baby is now 9 weeks old and we are considering returning to Ghana in the next year or two. Will she have some in built immunity from me?

A:No. Malaria does not impart protective immunity to the patient against future infections. Maternal antibodies acquired from previous infections also do not protect the new born.


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