We all know that a flu shot can reduce your chance of getting sick from influenza this season, but did you know that the flu vaccine also may reduce the risk of flu-associated pneumonia? RT Magazine recently published an article on this subject.
Until now, the medical community wasn’t certain whether flu vaccines lower the risk of hospitalizations for pneumonia that develops from influenza, but the results of recent research confirm that the flu vaccine can do just that.
Over a period of two years, Dr. Carlos G. Grijalva of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his colleagues studied hospitalizations for community-acquired pneumonia, using data from four different sites in the United States. What they found was that 17% of patients with flu-associated pneumonia had been vaccinated, and 29% of those who had pneumonia not related to an influenza infection had been vaccinated.
The conclusion of this study was that the estimated effectiveness of the vaccination in preventing pneumonia was 57%.
If you haven’t yet had your flu vaccine, we strongly recommend that you get one as soon as you can.
For more detailed information on the study, click here.