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'Repeated influenza vaccination may reduce flu severity'

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Repeated for may reduce the severity of the and hospital admissions in older adults, a study has found. Researchers in looked at the effect of repeated in the current and three previous seasons in people aged 65 years and older admitted to 20 Spanish hospitals in 2013/14 and 2014/15. They found that repeated was twice as effective in preventing severe in people admitted to hospital for the virus, compared with nonsevere cases. This effect was consistent regardless of season, subtypes or age of patient, researchers said. "Repeated for was highly effective in preventing caused by in older adults," said from Instituto de Salud Publica de Navarra in The study published in Journal adds to findings from previous research that shows reduces severity of the "Because severe cases of may be prevented by two mechanisms, the effectiveness of against severe may be greater than that for mild cases, and the benefit of may be greater than that estimated in previous studies, researchers said. "The prevention of caused by was observed mainly in patients who were vaccinated in both the current and previous seasons, which reinforces the recommendation of annual for in older adults," they said.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:40 IST
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