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Effects of a traditional Taiji/Qigong curriculum on older adults' immune response to influenza vaccine.
Med Sport Sci 2008; 52:64-76MS

Abstract

Previous studies have suggested that Taiji (T'ai Chi) practice may improve immune function. The current study examined whether 5 months of moderate traditional Taiji and Qigong (TQ) practice could improve the immune response to influenza vaccine in older adults. Fifty older adults participated in this study. Baseline pre-vaccine blood samples were collected. Subjects received the 2003-2004 influenza vaccine during the 1st week of the intervention. Post-vaccine blood samples were collected 3, 6 and 20 weeks after intervention for analysis of anti-influenza hemagglutination inhibition titers. Findings indicated a significant increase in the magnitude and duration of the antibody response to influenza vaccine in TQ participants when compared to controls. There was a significant between-group difference at 3 and 20 weeks after vaccine, and at 20 weeks the TQ group had significantly higher titers compared to the pre-vaccine time point, whereas the controls did not. A higher percentage of TQ subjects also responded to the influenza A strains with a protective antibody response, but differences between groups were not statistically significant. Traditional TQ practice improves the antibody response to influenza vaccine in older adults, but further study is needed to determine whether the enhanced response is sufficient to provide definitive protection from influenza infection.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., and Center for Taiji Studies, Champaign, Ill., USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Controlled Clinical Trial
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18487887

Citation

Yang, Yang, et al. "Effects of a Traditional Taiji/Qigong Curriculum On Older Adults' Immune Response to Influenza Vaccine." Medicine and Sport Science, vol. 52, 2008, pp. 64-76.
Yang Y, Verkuilen J, Rosengren KS, et al. Effects of a traditional Taiji/Qigong curriculum on older adults' immune response to influenza vaccine. Med Sport Sci. 2008;52:64-76.
Yang, Y., Verkuilen, J., Rosengren, K. S., Mariani, R. A., Reed, M., Grubisich, S. A., ... Schlagal, B. (2008). Effects of a traditional Taiji/Qigong curriculum on older adults' immune response to influenza vaccine. Medicine and Sport Science, 52, pp. 64-76. doi:10.1159/000134285.
Yang Y, et al. Effects of a Traditional Taiji/Qigong Curriculum On Older Adults' Immune Response to Influenza Vaccine. Med Sport Sci. 2008;52:64-76. PubMed PMID: 18487887.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effects of a traditional Taiji/Qigong curriculum on older adults' immune response to influenza vaccine. AU - Yang,Yang, AU - Verkuilen,Jay, AU - Rosengren,Karl S, AU - Mariani,Rachel A, AU - Reed,Michael, AU - Grubisich,Scott A, AU - Woods,Jeffrey A, AU - Schlagal,Bob, PY - 2008/5/20/pubmed PY - 2008/9/5/medline PY - 2008/5/20/entrez SP - 64 EP - 76 JF - Medicine and sport science JO - Med Sport Sci VL - 52 N2 - Previous studies have suggested that Taiji (T'ai Chi) practice may improve immune function. The current study examined whether 5 months of moderate traditional Taiji and Qigong (TQ) practice could improve the immune response to influenza vaccine in older adults. Fifty older adults participated in this study. Baseline pre-vaccine blood samples were collected. Subjects received the 2003-2004 influenza vaccine during the 1st week of the intervention. Post-vaccine blood samples were collected 3, 6 and 20 weeks after intervention for analysis of anti-influenza hemagglutination inhibition titers. Findings indicated a significant increase in the magnitude and duration of the antibody response to influenza vaccine in TQ participants when compared to controls. There was a significant between-group difference at 3 and 20 weeks after vaccine, and at 20 weeks the TQ group had significantly higher titers compared to the pre-vaccine time point, whereas the controls did not. A higher percentage of TQ subjects also responded to the influenza A strains with a protective antibody response, but differences between groups were not statistically significant. Traditional TQ practice improves the antibody response to influenza vaccine in older adults, but further study is needed to determine whether the enhanced response is sufficient to provide definitive protection from influenza infection. SN - 0254-5020 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18487887/Effects_of_a_traditional_Taiji/Qigong_curriculum_on_older_adults'_immune_response_to_influenza_vaccine_ L2 - https://www.karger.com?DOI=10.1159/000134285 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -