Shane Crotty, Ph.D., and his team study immunity against infectious diseases. They investigate how the immune system remembers infections and vaccines.
A specific immune deficiency may explain why some families seem so prone to this problem.
Tonsil infections are a recurrent nightmare of pain for many children, who ultimately may require tonsillectomies. Others are scarcely bothered by them.
Some children are more likely to get strep throat repeatedly because a combination of their genetics and how the bug manipulates their immune system.
Tonsil tissue from kids with recurring infections have smaller key immune structures