How your mood could affect your flu shot

A new article suggests that your attitude, gut health and other factors have been shown to boost immune response. Dr. Jen Ashton explains.
1:53 | 12/05/23

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>> DeMarco: AND WE ARE BACK NOW TALKING ABOUT A NEW ARTICLE TALKING ABOUT A NEW ARTICLE THAT'S OUT IN "THE WASHINGTON THAT'S OUT IN "THE WASHINGTON POST" EXPLORING THE TOPIC OF WHY POST" EXPLORING THE TOPIC OF WHY YOUR MOOD COULD AFFECT YOUR FLU YOUR MOOD COULD AFFECT YOUR FLU SHOT. SHOT. >> Erielle: SO INTERESTING. >> Erielle: SO INTERESTING. >> Dr. Jen: WELL, LISTEN. >> Dr. Jen: WELL, LISTEN. THIS IS NOT MYTH. THIS IS NOT MYTH. THIS HAS TO DO WITH HOW POWERFUL THIS HAS TO DO WITH HOW POWERFUL THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION IS. THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION IS. YOU'VE HEARD THE TERM PLACEBO YOU'VE HEARD THE TERM PLACEBO EFFECT BEFORE. EFFECT BEFORE. IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS GOING IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS GOING TO WORK AND HAVE A GOOD EFFECT, TO WORK AND HAVE A GOOD EFFECT, 30% OF THE TIME, THAT IS BASED 30% OF THE TIME, THAT IS BASED ON HARD DATA, AND EVIDENCE-BASED ON HARD DATA, AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE, YOU WILL GET A PRACTICE, YOU WILL GET A POSITIVE RESULT. POSITIVE RESULT. THE OPPOSITE IS ALSO TRUE. THE OPPOSITE IS ALSO TRUE. IT'S CALLED THE NO CEBO EFFECT. IT'S CALLED THE NO CEBO EFFECT. IF YOU THINK IT'S NOT GOING TO IF YOU THINK IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK OR HAVE A COMPLICATION OR WORK OR HAVE A COMPLICATION OR SIDE EFFECT, YOU WILL. SIDE EFFECT, YOU WILL. >> DeMarco: SEE? >> DeMarco: SEE? >> Dr. Jen: WHEN YOU ARE TALKING >> Dr. Jen: WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FLU SHOT AND ITS ABOUT THE FLU SHOT AND ITS EFFICACY, I GOT MY ANNUAL FLU EFFICACY, I GOT MY ANNUAL FLU SHOT AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SHOT AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GET IT. GET IT. >> Erielle: SAME HERE. >> Erielle: SAME HERE. >> Dr. Jen: WE HAVE FLU ALL YEAR >> Dr. Jen: WE HAVE FLU ALL YEAR ROUND IN A SEASON, AND ROUND IN A SEASON, AND DEFINITELY UNTIL APRIL. DEFINITELY UNTIL APRIL. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME KIND OF THERE HAVE BEEN SOME KIND OF ANECDOTAL REPORTS THAT OTHER ANECDOTAL REPORTS THAT OTHER BEHAVIORS CAN AFFECT OUR IMMUNE BEHAVIORS CAN AFFECT OUR IMMUNE RESPONSE TO FLU SHOTS. RESPONSE TO FLU SHOTS. SLEEP IS A BIG ONE AGAIN. SLEEP IS A BIG ONE AGAIN. >> DeMarco: MM-HMM. >> DeMarco: MM-HMM. >> Dr. Jen: A SHORT BOUT OF >> Dr. Jen: A SHORT BOUT OF EXERCISE EITHER IMMEDIATELY EXERCISE EITHER IMMEDIATELY BEFORE OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER CAN BEFORE OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER CAN ACTUALLY INCREASE THE EFFICACY ACTUALLY INCREASE THE EFFICACY TO POTENTIALLY AS WELL. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL KNOW THAT PERSON THAT SAYS, OH, KNOW THAT PERSON THAT SAYS, OH, I'M NOT GOING TO GET IT. I'M NOT GOING TO GET IT. I WILL TELL YOU THE ONLY PATIENT I WILL TELL YOU THE ONLY PATIENT UNDER MY CARE IN THE HOSPITAL, UNDER MY CARE IN THE HOSPITAL, WHOEVER DIED, DIED OF WHOEVER DIED, DIED OF COMPLICATIONS OF INFLUENZA, I COMPLICATIONS OF INFLUENZA, I TAKE IT VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. TAKE IT VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. >> Erielle: I SAW YOU POST THAT, >> Erielle: I SAW YOU POST THAT, AND THAT IS ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING. AND THAT IS ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THAT THE FLU SHOT WILL SOMEHOW THAT THE FLU SHOT WILL SOMEHOW GIVE THEM THE FLU, AND YOU SAY GIVE THEM THE FLU, AND YOU SAY THAT IS CATEGORICALLY A MYTH. THAT IS CATEGORICALLY A MYTH. >> Dr. Jen: IT'S NOT >> Dr. Jen: IT'S NOT SCIENTIFICALLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE SCIENTIFICALLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT'S NOT LIVE VIRUS. IT'S NOT LIVE VIRUS. IT TAKES TWO WEEKS TO GET THE IT TAKES TWO WEEKS TO GET THE FULL PROTECTION. FULL PROTECTION. YOU CAN BE EXPOSED TO THE FLU YOU CAN BE EXPOSED TO THE FLU AND GET IT AND IT CAN BE AND GET IT AND IT CAN BE COINCIDENCE, AND ALSO A LOT OF COINCIDENCE, AND ALSO A LOT OF VIRAL INFECTIONS MAY SEEM REALLY VIRAL INFECTIONS MAY SEEM REALLY BAD, AND MIGHT NOT BE ACTUAL BAD, AND MIGHT NOT BE ACTUAL INFLUENZA, BUT REALLY I INFLUENZA, BUT REALLY I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO OUT

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