Study finds fewer deaths among elderly intensive care patients vaccinated against influenza

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It appears that an influenza vaccine does not just work when it comes to influenza. A new study shows that elderly people who have been admitted to an intensive care units have less risk of dying and of suffering a blood clot or bleeding in the brain if they have been vaccinated. And this is despite the fact that they are typically older, have more chronic diseases and take more medicine then those who have not been vaccinated.

The study covers almost 90,000 surviving intensive care patients above the age of 65 during an eleven year period in Denmark. Only a few of them were admitted directly due to influenza. However, regardless of the cause of the admission, for those who were vaccinated the risk of suffering a stroke – which is the collective name for bleeding and blood clots in the brain – was 16 per cent lower. This group also has an eight per cent lower risk of dying during the first year following their hospitalization.

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