Why Skipping The Flu Vaccine Could Harm Your Sense Of Smell
By Shereen Lehman
(Reuters Health) – In a small new study, skipping the flu vaccine was associated with a higher risk for trouble with a sense of smell or taste.
Researchers say the results are preliminary, but since respiratory viruses are a common cause of a lost ability to smell, it’s possible that the flu could be a contributing factor.
Respiratory viruses can damage olfactory nerves directly and indirectly by causing inflammation. Sometimes the effect is temporary, but not always, Dr. Zara Patel and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia write in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
“Patients who suffer from decreased or total loss of smell, called ‘hyposmia’ or ‘anosmia’ are deeply affected by this problem,” Patel told Reuters Health by email. —> Read More Here