The immune system (led by the white blood cells, that communicate with other white blood cells that there is a fight ongoing) generates proteins that are called antibodies. They attach themselves to the virus and try to disable that pathogen. There are not enough white blood cells to rid the body of the influenza virus but there are enough antibodies to do the trick -- it just takes time, up to two weeks in most cases ( (


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