Statins and Flu

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Older Americans who take statins could face challenges when it comes to being vaccinated against the flu.
 
Researchers focused on adults over the age of 65 for the study because of their risk for potential complications from the flu.
 
They found that those taking cholesterol lowering drugs had a decreased immune response to the flu vaccination compared to those who were not taking statins.
 
Experts say more research needs to be done to confirm the studies findings. They urge those taking statins to continue getting their flu shots.
 
Researchers say if the findings are confirmed through extended research, there are other options that could be considered for those older adults taking statins such as using a higher dose flu vaccine.

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