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Repeated vaccinations help prevent influenza in older adults

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A new research has found that repeated for result in reduced severity of the and hospital admissions in older adults.

The study was conducted by a group of Spanish researchers on people aged 65 and above, admitted to 20 different Spanish hospital institutions between 2013 and 2015. These people were observed over four seasons - the current and three previous ones - to determine whether repeated result in reduced severity of

Dr. and Dr. Jesús Castilla from Instituto de Salud Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, along with co-authors wrote, "Repeated for was highly effective in preventing caused by influenza in older adults".

The group found that repeated for influenza was twice as effective in preventing the severity of the in people affected by the virus as compared to non-severe cases. It also added that the were consistent in people, notwithstanding virus subtype, season, or patient's age.

The authors concluded with: "Because severe cases of influenza may be prevented by 2 mechanisms, the effectiveness of against may be greater than that for mild cases, and the benefit of influenza vaccination may be greater than that estimated in previous studies. The prevention of caused by influenza was observed mainly in patients who were vaccinated in both the current and previous seasons, which reinforces the recommendation of annual vaccination for influenza in older adults".

The result was published in CMAJ (Journal).

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 13:03 IST