Help, I have a Passive Immunity question

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    i'm taking an immunology class and having a hard time finding out the answer to a homework question. i have scoured my textbook and the internet, and i'm not sure if my answer is correct. can anyone help me?

    here's the question:
    why wouldn't you use serum from someone with immunity to a bacterial infection to protect another from the same type of infection?

    my answer is that serum contains antibodies and would be considered passive immunity. protection will typically only last a few weeks.

    but, i'm not satisfied with that answer because it doesn't really explain why you wouldn't want to use it at all. i'm really stuck. thanks.
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    i'm taking an immunology class and having a hard time finding out the answer to a homework question. i have scoured my textbook and the internet, and i'm not sure if my answer is correct. can anyone help me?

    here's the question:
    why wouldn't you use serum from someone with immunity to a bacterial infection to protect another from the same type of infection?

    my answer is that serum contains antibodies and would be considered passive immunity. protection will typically only last a few weeks.

    but, i'm not satisfied with that answer because it doesn't really explain why you wouldn't want to use it at all. i'm really stuck. thanks.
    look in your text for how the body deals w/ bacterial vs viral infections.
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    I realize these posts were made over 4 years earlier, but I seem to be taking a similar class and have the exact same question to answer. I was hoping you were still on here and could point me in a good direction. Thanks so much!


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