February 5, 2020

Public Health
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Let's Talk About SeXX:
Male/Female Differences in Vaccine-induced Immunity and Protection


Sabra L. Klein, PhD

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Clubhouse Location:
WHSCAB Plaza & Auditorium
6:00pm — wine, cheese, networking
6:30pm — meeting convenes
7:45pm — casual buffet dinner, more networking


Dear Vacciners,
Which of these statements is TRUE?

Women may reject transplanted organs more rapidly than Men do
Men are less likely to recover language ability after a stroke then Women are
Women are more likely to get multiple sclerosis and Men are more likely to get leukemia
Both innate and adaptive immunity are modified by sex
Back in the olden days "everyone" knew that Blue is for baby girls and Pink is for baby boys because … well, duh! Blue is the color of Mother Nature's sky and pink is the juvenile version of red, that most masculine of colors
All of the Above
None of the Above


If you picked "F: All of the Above"….


Back in the early 1800s, the essential differences between testosterone- and estrogen-based life forms was first summed up in the literature as:
• Boys: Snips, Snails, Puppy Dog Tails*
• Girls: Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice*

*Of course the early 1800s was ALSO a time that people thought tobacco smoke enemas could revive drowning victims (by driving the water from their lungs) and that travelling across the face of the planet at speeds approaching 30mph on one of the newly invented steam locomotives could drive you mad, so allowances must be made.

Since then our understanding of human biology has evolved quite a bit so what is the current thinking on the essential differences between XY and XX?? Do vaccines have different efficacy and side effects in Men and Women?**

Inquiring minds want to know!

I hope to see you for Dinner at the Club on February 5th when we talk all about SeXX.…

See you there,

**Spoiler alert: Yes.