Acellular Vaccine

∞ generated and posted on 2023.05.16 ∞

Especially anti-pertussis adaptive immune-system stimulating agents that consist of portions of rather than whole bacteria.

The concept of acellular in an Acellular Vaccine means no longer an intact cell and this is rather than never having been an intact cell, meaning that vaccines for viruses, even though viruses are acellular, cannot be Acellular Vaccines.

This is similar at least in action with the concept of recombinant vaccine as well as subunit vaccine.

Contrast with inactivated whole-agent vaccine and especially attenuated whole-agent vaccine.

The concept of 'Acellular vaccine' is linked especially with that of the pertussis vaccine where pertussis, or whooping cough, is caused by Bordetella pertussis.