Working out may boost immune response to vaccination: study

The study, by the Exercise Health and Performance Research Group at the University of Sydney, tested the effect of exercise on response to a full- or half-dose of pneumococcal vaccine among 133 healthy young adults.

They were randomised to 15 minutes of arm and shoulder exercises using elastic resistance bands or rest prior to vaccination.

Antibody levels to 11 pneumococcal strains were evaluated up to a month later, with the exercise group having significantly greater responses than controls in the half-dose group but no difference in the full-dose