Obesity weakens effect of flu vaccine

October 27th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

PA Sheridan and colleagues report in the International Journal of Obesity that obesity prevents the body from responding to the influenza virus vaccine. Obesity is associated with impaired immune… [Int J Obes (Lond). 2011] – PubMed – NCBI

This suggests that the vaccine was not adequately tested in persons with obesity. We have reported previously that morbid obesity was under-appreciated as a risk factor for the H1N1 flu-related comorbidities. It is worth investigating whether the inability of the vaccine to adequately persons with obesity may be partly responsible.