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Flu shots may not work for obese people: Study finds overweight adults are still twice as likely to get ill despite vaccination

  • Obese people have long been known to have a higher risk of flu death
  • They are more susceptible to the virus, it penetrates more deeply into their lungs
  • A new study found that obese adults, despite getting flu shots, remained twice as likely to develop the illness than healthy adults

By MIA DE GRAAF FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 

PUBLISHED: 17:51 BST, 6 June 2017 | UPDATED: 19:46 BST, 6 June 2017

 

 

A study on adults in North Carolina found that obese people, despite getting flu shots, remained twice as likely to develop the illness than healthy adults
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A study on adults in North Carolina found that obese people, despite getting flu shots, remained twice as likely to develop the illness than healthy adults

The flu shot is less effective on obese adults, a new study warns. 

Vaccines are the best form of protection against the influenza virus.

However, a study on adults in North Carolina found that obese people, despite getting flu shots, remained twice as likely to develop the illness than healthy adults.

The research team said it is likely due to the fact that the protective T cells of obese people do not function properly.

The study is one of the first to test the theory on adults, after scientists found it to be the case in mice. 

Obesity has long been recognized as a factor that increases a person's risk of dying from influenza. 

Data show obese adults are more susceptible to the virus, which penetrates more deeply into their lungs, making it harder to repair the damage caused. 

 

A study from a research team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US found that to be true - and that the vaccine does little to help.  

 

Lead author Scott Neidich compared 1022 adults from North Carolina who were healthy weight, overweight or obese. 

They had all received the seasonal trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 flu seasons.

Laboratory tests and symptom scores were used to confirm whether participants had the flu or a similar illness, and how well their body was fighting it after their shot.

In the case of obese participants, 9.8 percent of them had either confirmed influenza or influenza-like illnesses, compared with 5.1 percent of those of healthy weight.

'Vaccinated obese adults are twice as likely to develop influenza and influenza-like illnesses compared to vaccinated healthy weight adults,' said co-author Melinda Beck. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4577840/Flu-shot-does-NOT-work-obese-people.html

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