BOSTON (CBS) – Thrilled to get a flu shot? Probably not. But as it turns out, your mood could affect how well your body responds to the medication.
Researchers looked at which factors might improve a senior’s immune response to the flu vaccine like diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, and mood.
They found that a person’s outlook on the day of vaccination had the greatest impact, with a good mood increasing antibody levels to the flu by 8% to 14%.
If, however, you never have a sunny disposition or if you’re not feeling particularly cheery on vaccination day, go ahead and get your flu shot. Don’t delay until you have a pep in your step.