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Psychosocial factors, physical activity status and antibody response to vaccination in healthy and HIV positive populations

Long, Joanna Elizabeth (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis examines the effects of psychosocial factors and physical activity on antibody response to vaccination in healthy young, older, and HIV+ populations. Chapter Two found that a brisk walk prior to vaccination did not improve antibody response to pneumococcal or influenza vaccinations in young (18-30yrs) or older (50-64yrs) adults. Chapter Three examined whether a lifestyle physical activity intervention affected antibody response to pneumococcal vaccination in sedentary middle-aged women. There was no effect on antibody response, body composition or fitness measures, although there was an improvement in quality of life for the intervention group. Finally, Chapter Four investigated the relationship between psychosocial and physical activity status and antibody response to vaccination in HIV+ patients. Antibody response to some strains of the pneumococcal vaccine were predicted by higher physical activity levels (pn1, pn6b, pn18c), greater social support (pn3) and lower life events stress (pn1). However, the majority of analyses found that antibody response to vaccination was not affected by these measures. In conclusion, neither acute nor chronic walking interventions improve antibody response to vaccination, and only limited relationships are seen between psychosocial factors, physical activity status and antibody response to a variety of vaccinations.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Subjects:RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
RC1200 Sports Medicine
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3246
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