Flu Vaccine Reduces Risk of Severe Injury

02 Aug, 2018

CDC study shows it also reduced the severity and duration of the flu.

A new CDC-supported study published in Vaccine conducted over multiple flu seasons shows that getting a flu shot lessened the risk of severe influenza (flu) among adults, including reducing the risk of hospitalization and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), and also lessened the severity of illness. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. Annual flu vaccination varies in how well it works, but it is the best available way to prevent flu and its potentially serious consequences.

The study was conducted over four flu seasons from 2012 to 2015 and found that flu vaccination prevented severe disease:

  • Flu vaccination among adults reduced the risk of being admitted to the hospital with flu and placed in a general ward bed by 32 percent.
  • Flu vaccination was even more effective in preventing the most severe forms of flu and reduced the risk of being admitted to an ICU with flu by 82 percent.

Read the rest at US CDC.