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What are the differences between polysaccharide and conjugate vaccines?

A polysaccharide vaccine is a type of vaccine that is composed of long chains of sugar molecules, called polysaccharides, that resemble the surface of certain serotypes of pneumococcal bacteria in order to help the immune system mount a response.

A conjugate vaccine is a type of vaccine that joins a protein to an antigen (in the case of pneumococcal vaccines, the protein is connected to unique polysaccharides from the surface of each of the pneumococcal serotypes). The protein helps improve the quality of the immune system response to the vaccine compared to the response to an unconjugated polysaccharide.

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