INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Even before you get the COVID-19 vaccine, Research shows that you can now do things to get the best results.
Ohio State University researchers said that when we think of vaccine effectiveness, we often think of the vaccine itself, but we, as vaccine recipients, bring important factors into the mix and these are under our control.
The OSU researchers reviewed 49 vaccine studies from the past 30 years. They found that unhealthy eating habits, as well as stress and depression, can negatively affect the body’s immune response to vaccinations. In comparison, eating healthy strengthens our immune response.
Dr. John Christenson, the medical director of infection prevention at Riley Hospital for Children, says obesity in News 8 can also significantly reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. So when we talk about vaccinating against a virus whose greatest risk factor is obesity, it is even more important to focus on your health.
“There is no magical food that you can eat to keep your immune system functioning well overnight, okay? It has to be something to bring into play. You need to drink less sugary drinks, you need to eat less fatty foods, you need to exercise as much as possible, ”said Dr. Christenson.
This is especially true for doctors as the pandemic is characterized by less exercise, with closed gyms, more sitting, and more snacking. Before it is your turn to get the vaccine, doctors say it is time to change this.
“They don’t go to the gym because the gym is closed or there aren’t enough openings for them. So your lifestyle has changed dramatically. These people are just as affected as the person who has never exercised in their life, ”said Dr. Christenson.
The research will be applied to the COVID-19 vaccine, but Dr. Christenson said poor health will affect vaccine effectiveness from flu and hepatitis B to rabies.