Flu shot less effective for overweight people?

Flu shot less effective for overweight people?


REPORTING ON THE STRUGGLE OF UTAH’S WORKING POOR, ROSIE NGUYEN, BACK TO YOU — ***GLEN*** IT’S BEEN WIDELY REPORTED THAT CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY ARE HIGH-RISK GROUPS WHEN IT COMES TO THE FLU VIRUS. BUT, NOW THERE’S ANOTHER GROUP HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. ABC4’S NICOLE NEUMAN EXPLAINS. THE FLU HAS YET TO WIDELY CIRCULATE ACROSS THE STATE OF UTAH. “we normally see the flu season pick up in late December, or January, February.” THE UTAH STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS REPORTING 17-FLU ASSOCIATED HOSPITALZATIONS IN DAVIS AND SALT LAKE COUNTIES AS WELL AS SOUTHWEST UTAH. WHILE THE “SEVERITY ESTIMATES” ARE LOW… HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO GET THE FLU SHOT BEFORE INFECTIONS PICK UP. “it’s typical for us to be low this time of year. The activity that’s being seen in the southeast is actually early. We kind of expect probably an early season for Utah.” BUT, IT’S NOW BEING REPORTED THAT FLU SHOTS ARE LESS EFFECTIVE IN PEOPLE CONSIDERED OVERWEIGHT. “There was a recent study that’s recently been reported that shows that people who are overweight may have less of an immune response to the vaccine.” EXPERTS SAY THIS IS A GROUP THAT TENDS TO HAVE HIGHER COMPLICATIONS TO FLU. “despite the report, health officials say getting vaccinated is still your best line of defense.” “It’s very critical that they get vaccinated inspite of those results. That is the best protection that they have against the flu.” “That study is important to help in development of new and better flu vaccines, but it shouldn’t discourage anyone from getting a flu shot.” IN SALT LAKE CITY, NICOLE NEUMAN, ABC4 NEWS. ***GLEN*** THERE IS A HIGHER-DOSE FLU SHOT THAT IS TYPICALLY AVAILABLE FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY IF YOU’RE CONSIDERED OVERWEIGHT, YOU MAY WANT TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT RECEIVING A HIGHER DOSE. ***GLEN***

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