Effect of statins on flu vaccine questioned by studies

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) — Two new studies question whether the flu vaccine is less effective for older people taking statins to control cholesterol, raising concern about the vaccine’s ability to prevent flu and serious respiratory illness.

About 40 percent of the United States’ population over the age of 65 is prescribed statins, which have a known negative effect on the immune system. The drugs have had a significant effect at preventing…

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