Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Planning on getting the few shot (don’t!) and also taking statins? Read below on the immune suppressing effect statin drugs have on flu vaccination efficacy in seniors. Now we have further data suggesting that statins suppress the immune system. If you (or someone you love) are taking statins read these posts THIS and THIS and THIS and THIS and, why not know the whole story – read THIS…. The only benefit of statins are that they serve as a weak anti-inflammatory agent – that is why they are being pitched for use with cancer patients. But for anti-inflammation – SOUL trumps all other agents.
“…Apparently, statins interfere with the response to influenza vaccine and lower the immune response, and this would seem to also result in a lower effectiveness of influenza vaccines…”
Date: October 29, 2015
- Steven Black, Uwe Nicolay, Giuseppe Del Giudice, Rino Rappuoli. Influence of Statins on Influenza Vaccine Response in Elderly Individuals. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2015; jiv456
- Saad B. Omer, Varun K. Phadke, Robert A. Bednarczyk, Allison T. Chamberlain, Jennifer L. Brosseau, Walter A. Orenstein. Impact of Statins on Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Against Medically Attended Acute Respiratory Illness. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2015; jiv457
- Robert L. Atmar, Wendy A. Keitel. Influenza Vaccination of Patients Receiving Statins: Where Do We Go From Here? Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2015; jiv459