#Influenza #vaccine #antibody levels decline significantly in obese people
A new study in the International Journal of Obesity provides evidence that obesity may make annual flu shots less effective.
These new findings seem to give us a reason why obese people were more susceptible to influenza illness during the H1N1 pandemic compared to healthy weight people.
The reason seems to be in the responses of CD8+ T cells (a type of white blood cell that plays a key role in the body’s immune system) that are defective in heavier people.
The findings also suggest overweight and obese people are more likely to become sicker and have more complications.
To read the whole article and research result findings from Melinda Beck, Ph.D., professor and associate chair of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and senior author of the study, click here.