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Do statins interfere with the flu vaccine?

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November 30, 2015

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John Ross is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and practices hospital medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is the author of … See Full Bio
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Comments

Joie
December 22, 2015

At this moment I am going away to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming again to read
more news.
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Star Health
December 6, 2015

This article you have is so wonderful. i feel like you have explained all about flu or influenza

Adler Dennis
December 3, 2015

I read your article, it is very helpful and I got information about flu or influenza vaccine and I will take in future during a flu season.

John Ross
November 30, 2015

Hi Syed! I would say that statins probably do not either cause or protect against dementia. The best data on statins and dementia risk comes from the Heart Protection Study (HPS) and the Prospective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk (PROSPER). These two double-blind trials looked at cognitive function over several years in over 26,000 high-risk patients taking either statin or placebo. Basically, they were a wash. The incidence of dementia was the same in the statin group and the placebo group in both studies. Compared to the placebo group, all-cause mortality was lower in the statin group in HPS (which used simvastatin) but was unchanged in the statin group in PROSPER (which used pravastatin).

For a comprehensive, if dense, review of this topic, check out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458855/

Gina
January 15, 2016

A little rationality lifts the quality of the debate here. Thanks for coiiunbrttng!

Syed Danish
November 30, 2015

Very interesting article. Statins are also implicated in memory loss and dementia?

John Ross
November 30, 2015

Probably not. The best data on this comes from the Heart Protection Study and the Prospective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk. These randomized, double-blind studies looked at cognitive function over several years in over 26,000 high risk patients taking either placebo or statin. The risk of dementia was the same in both groups.

For a comprehensive review, check out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458855/

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