Good Sleep, Strong Immune System Key To Vaccinations?

August 21, 2012

A new study found a correlation between the Hepatitis B vaccine and sleep: those who slept less than 6 hours a night were more than 10x as likely to not develop immunity from the vaccine! Presumably, this applies in varying degrees to other vaccines as well.

Is it a function of having a weakened immune system? Maybe. Vaccinations are supposed to provoke the immune system into developing antibodies against whichever virus, dead virus, or structure similar to the virus the vaccine contains. If the immune system isn’t up to par (and poor sleep can lead to a weakened immune system!), then it might be that the vaccination is less likely to work.

Many vaccinations are contraindicated for people with weakened immune systems, who are more likely to suffer from side-effects (side-effects for vaccines are listed in the fine print—sometimes you can find them on Web MD, or by googling the vaccination than clicking one of the ads, which is required to list such things. You can also find out who should and shouldn’t receive the vaccine in the fine print).

People with weakened immune systems have to rely on herd immunity to stay healthy—that’s why many schools require vaccinations (almost every school has at least one child with a special health concern who could die from an otherwise mild disease like chickenpox).

So, keep your immune system strong! It improves immunity all around, vaccine or not. Sleep 7-9 hours each night (click here for tips), regularly de-stress, make sure you eat healthy and get enough nutrition (a multivitamin like Welltrient One is a good safety net) and exercise! If that doesn’t feel like enough, include an immune system supporting supplement like MesoSilver® from Colloids for Life!

How do you feel about vaccinations? Voice your opinion in the comments!

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