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Statins could stop flu jab from working properly

Statins work by cutting inflammation but they can also stop vaccines taking hold, scientists now believe.

Statins can stop the flu jab from working properly making pensioners more vulnerable to dangerous strains of influenza in winter months, two new studies suggest.
Around 13 million people are eligible to take statins in the UK, and most will be over 50 years old.

Currently the NHS recommends that over 65s are vaccinated against flu because they are more vulnerable to the virus.

But two new studies in the US show that statins can hinder the effectiveness of the flu jab, cutting protective antibodies by up to 67 per cent. They also raise the chance of being admitted to hospital with a serious respiratory illness.

"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 lead author Dr Steven Black, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre.

The flu vaccine has proved controversial in recent years. In August Public Health England admitted that just one in three people had been protected by the jab after the virus mutated in a way that immunologists were not expecting.

Health experts said the poor protection rates coupled with the new risk warrants further investigation.

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