Flu jab 2017: The trick to making your vaccine more effective

Feeling positive on the day of your flu jab could make it 14 per cent more effective, it’s been revealed.

The findings could help to better protect those with a weakened immune system, including the elderly.

Last year, the flu jab had zero effectiveness on over-65s, it was claimed.

The NHS is more “scared” than ever before about the winter battle with flu, according to NHS England’s Chairman, Sir Malcolm Grant.

One of the study authors, Kavita Vedhara, said: “Vaccinations are an incredibly effective way of reducing the likelihood of catching infectious diseases.

“But, their Achilles heel is that their ability to protect against disease is affected by how well an individual’s immune system works. People with less effective immune systems, such as the elderly, may find vaccines don’t work as well for them as they do in the young.

“We have known for many years that a number of psychological and behavioural factors such as stress, physical activity and diet influence how well the immune system works, and these factors have also been shown to influence how well vaccines protect against disease.”

Following the research, Asda has unveiled plans to start a ‘joke-telling’ initiative, in a bid to boost the vaccine’s potency.

The supermarket has brought in Britain’s Got Talent finalist, and comedian, Christian Lee, to give flu jab patients a chance of stronger antibody defences.

Asda’s Superintendant Pharmacist, Faisal Tuddy, said: “The findings of the recent research by University of Nottingham were really interesting, and lots of our customers have mentioned it. We thought that we would take it on board and recruited the help of Christian to give us some comedy lessons.

“Putting people’s mind at ease before a vaccination is all part of the service and if we can help put a smile on peoples face then that’s a great thing to do – and anything else it achieves beyond that is a bonus.”

Flu is a viral infection that’s spread by coughing and sneezing.

Symptoms of flu include a fever, tiredness, a headache, feeling achey, and a chesty cough. The symptoms usually subside within a week, and most people will make a full recovery.

But, complications of the virus can include a chest infection, tonsillitis and sinusitis.

“The flu is highly contagious and everyone is at risk,” said Tuddy.

“It cannot be treated with antibiotics, so vaccination is the best way to protect you and your family against seasonal flu. The virus that causes flu changes every year, so you should still get vaccinated against flu this year even if you had the flu jab last year.”

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