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Will the effectiveness of the flu vaccine be reduced by the use of statins?

A recently published study looked at flu-related illnesses in older people who had been vaccinated against flu, and compared the rate of infection in those who were taking statins with those who were not. They found a slightly increased rate of infection among the group taking statins, which suggests that vaccination was slightly less effective in that group. More research is needed to investigate the reasons for this, and what can be done to overcome them (such as changing the vaccine dose for older patients – already a feature of some more specialised flu vaccines for older people).

Flu vaccination remains an important protective measure, and it is vital not to lose out on protection in the meantime.


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