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Could Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs Hurt a Flu Shot’s Effect?

A recent Cincinnati Children’s study found that taking statin drugs may interfere with the effectiveness of flu vaccines. Statins are cholesterol lowering drugs used by a high percentage of elderly people who are already more vulnerable to the flu.

“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,” said Steven Black, MD, lead author of the study.

Read more about the new study on NBCNews.com and in The New York Times.

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