In a new study, researchers found that influenza vaccination may have a protective effect for COVID-19-positive patients
The research was conducted by a team at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The team did a retrospective review involving 2,005 patients older than 18 years of age who tested positive for COVID-19.
Influenza vaccination status and comorbidities were examined.
The severity of disease as reflected by hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) admission was examined as the primary outcome.
The link between influenza vaccination status and hospitalization was examined.
The researchers found that compared with those who were vaccinated, COVID-19-positive patients who had not received the influenza vaccine within the last year had 2.44- and 3.29-fold increased odds of hospitalization and ICU admission, respectively.
The results were adjusted for age, race, gender, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure.
The team says one of the biggest problems we have with any preventive measure is getting people to do it.
This study could be a pretty good push for people to go out and get their flu shots.
One author of the study is Ming-Jim Yang, M.D.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
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