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Study shows women might be better at fighting the flu than men

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Doctors say the flu shot is just one weapon in the battle against the flu. Doctors say the flu shot is just one weapon in the battle against the flu.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Women may be better at fighting off the flu than men. 

Researchers found the female hormone estrogen helps keep the flu virus at bay by limiting the ability of the flu virus to replicate.

Less replication means the infected person has less severe symptoms and is less likely to spread the flu to others. 

Other studies have shown estrogen has antiviral properties against HIV, Ebola and hepatitis viruses.

You can read more about the study here.

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