Once we recover from the respiratory infection pneumonia, our lungs are better equipped to deal with the next infection — thanks to some special cells that take up residence there.

New research led by JP Mizgerd of the Boston University School of Medicine, shows that lung tissue is not the same after pneumonia. Specialized white blood cells infiltrate the lungs and provide immunity to later infections.

The research was published in Nature Immunology.

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