New York: The annual flu shot might scale back the danger of stroke, sepsis and blood clots in sufferers with COVID-19, based on a big worldwide analysis. The findings confirmed it could possibly be a useful weapon within the battle to halt the pandemic.
Researchers from the University of Miami in Florida, US, discovered that sufferers with COVID-19 who had been vaccinated against flu had been additionally much less more likely to go to the emergency division and be admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).
On the opposite hand, those that had not had the flu jab had been considerably extra seemingly (as much as 20 per cent extra seemingly) to have been admitted to ICU; to go to the Emergency Department (as much as 58 per cent extra seemingly), to develop sepsis (as much as 45 per cent extra seemingly), to have a stroke (as much as 58 per cent extra seemingly) and a DVT (as much as 40 per cent extra seemingly). The threat of dying was not decreased.
It is not recognized precisely how the flu jab gives safety against COVID-19 however most theories centre round it boosting the innate immune system — “general” defences we’re born with that aren’t tailor-made to any specific sickness, stated the researchers.
The examine exhibits that flu shot could possibly be used to assist present elevated safety in international locations the place the COVID-19 vaccine is briefly provide, nonetheless it’s not an alternative choice to COVID vaccinations, they added.
“Influenza vaccination may even benefit individuals hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to the newness of the technology,” added Susan Taghioff, from the University’s Miller School of Medicine.
“Despite this, the influenza vaccine is by no means a replacement for the Covid-19 vaccine and we advocate for everyone to receive their COVID-19 vaccine if able to,” she famous.
For the examine, the staff screened de-identified digital well being data of greater than 70 million sufferers to establish two teams of 37,377 sufferers from international locations together with the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Israel and Singapore.
Members of the primary group had obtained the flu vaccine between two weeks and 6 months earlier than being identified with COVID-19. Those within the second group additionally had COVID-19 however weren’t vaccinated against flu.
The examine was offered on the ongoing European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) going down on-line between July 9 and 12.