Flu Vaccine May Reduce Severe Effects of COVID

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

“People who are vaccinated against influenza may be partly protected against some of the severe effects of coronavirus, and be less likely to need emergency care, according to a major study.

The analysis of nearly 75,000 Covid patients found significant reductions in stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and sepsis, and fewer admissions to emergency departments and intensive care units, among those who had been given the flu jab (shot/vaccine).”

The above quotes are from an article posted in U.S. edition of The Guardian on July 12, 2021. 

“The findings, presented at an online meeting of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, suggest the flu vaccine may protect against some medical problems caused by Covid. According to the study, Covid patients who were not vaccinated against the flu were 45% to 58% more likely to have a stroke, about 40% more likely to develop DVT, and 36% to 45% more likely to have sepsis. They were also more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit and to have more frequent visits to hospital emergency departments.”

This study certainly provides food for thought – on both sides of the pond as well as worldwide.  The CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading this fall and winter. In this context, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine. I strongly encourage you to get the flu shot this year and get the COVID-19 vaccination(s) as well if you haven’t already.  Protect yourself and your loved ones.  Spread the word on the importance of vaccination.  Don’t spread the flu or COVID.