Women are Better at Flu Shots

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In yet another way women are better than men, we are champions in the fight against the flu?


Stanford University researchers discovered, CBS reports, a connection between certain genes that are "affected by testosterone and antibody responses to a flu vaccine." Essentially, lower levels of testosterone make it easier for women to reap the rewards of the flu shot. Yay!

They found that in men with weak responses, those same genes were involved in the production of certain fats in the body.

And the men with the weakest responses showed a higher level of testosterone.

Women and men with lower levels of testosterone had a better response to the vaccine.


So maybe a flu shot is a good idea then? Totally up to you though. Happy Boxing day!

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I read the article's title and was immediately convinced this was going to be an article about how women are more willing to get the flu shot because they are not a bunch of giant pansies about needles and they are more apt to recognize the importance of protecting themselves and their families against a potentially deadly disease. Because that is certainly the case in my house.