Influenza vaccine not as effective in adults who are obese

07:00 EDT 21 Jun 2017 | Healio

People who are obese were still twice as likely to develop influenza or influenza-like illnesses than others of healthy weight, despite receiving an influenza vaccine, according to research recently published in the International Journal of Obesity. “Influenza infects 5% to 15% of the global population each year, and obesity has been shown to be an independent risk factor for increased influenza-related complications including hospitalization and death. However, the risk of developing influenza or [influenza-like illness] in a vaccinated obese adult population has not been addressed,” Scott D. Neidich, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, Human Vaccine Institute, Duke University, and colleagues wrote.

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