Gastroenterology

Broad-spectrum antibiotics may weaken flu vaccine response

Healthy adults who take broad-spectrum antibiotics may impair their body’s immune response to influenza vaccination, according to findings from a small study published in Cell.
“Strikingly, this effect on the antibody response was only evident in people who had not received the influenza shot or been infected with influenza for the past 3 years, suggesting that robust immune memory imprinted by prior exposure to the vaccine or influenza could withstand even the most severe dysbiosis in the gut microbiota,” Bali Pulendran, PhD, from the department of pathology and laboratory

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