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Does Skipping the Flu Vaccine Impact the Sense of Smell?

According to Reuters, a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has found that skipping the flu vaccine may cause problems with one’s sense of smell or taste. The authors recruited 36 patients experiencing olfactory issues that started after upper respiratory infections. They were compared to 38 patients who were not experiencing any of these issues. Researchers found that only 19 percent of the people experiencing olfactory loss had received the flu vaccine, compared to 42 percent of those who had no loss of smell.With 80 percent of taste linked to smell, a loss of smell can ruin one’s ability to enjoy food and beverage, impacting one’s social life and possibly causing depression.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.