Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Personality and mood affects immunisation response

From New Scientist email newsletter:

Jan. 15, 2021

As covid-19 vaccine roll-out begins in earnest in many countries, there is an extra reason to be cheerful. Such an outlook, along with other personality traits and the kinds of social interactions we have, can enhance how our bodies react to immunisations. In one study, people who described themselves as energetic, cheerful or relaxed produced a 73 per cent greater antibody response than those who regarded themselves as nervous, tense or angry. Another found that those who were in a positive state of mind on the day of a flu shot were better protected by the vaccine 16 weeks later than those who were in a less upbeat mood. Other studies have found that people with stronger friendships and romantic relationships responded better to vaccinations.

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