Obesity Impairs Immune System

Obesity is associated with poor immune response to influenza vaccination in humans. 250,000 to 500,000 people die worldwide from flu each year. Two-thirds of the US adult population is overweight or obese. A study reported in the International Journal of Obesity this year and done at the University of North Carolina shows that obesity impairs the body-s immune response to influenza vaccine.

Hepatitus B

A one-time series of three shots at monthly intervals and a booster six months later of hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all adults born before 1991 when the shots started to be given routinely to all newborn babies.

Plantar Warts

There is a new tool for treatment of plantar warts, according to an article in The American Academy of Dermatology in October 2010. Injection of the measles-mumpsrubella (MMR) vaccine directly into the wart is very effective and well tolerated.