Flu vaccination reduces risk of hospitalisation due to influenza associated pneumonia

New research from the US published in the Pharmaceutical Journal finds that “risk of being admitted to hospital for community-acquired, influenza-associated pneumonia is lowered in people vaccinated against flu”.

The researchers found that

  • Of 2,767 patients hospitalised with pneumonia, 162 (5.9%) had laboratory-confirmed influenza.
  • 28 of the 162 people (17%) with influenza-pneumonia had been vaccinated.
  • 766 of 2,605 controls (29%) with influenza-negative pneumonia had been vaccinated.

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