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Flu drive curbs pneumonia

Vaccination against flu improves survival in adults hospitalised with community-

acquired pneumonia, a new study reports.

The analysis of US data, published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found flu

vaccination reduced the risk of dying in hospital from any cause by 70 per cent.

The protective effects of the flu vaccine against pneumonia remained even after adjusting for the presence of comorbidities and pneumococcal vaccination.

Patients admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia were 39 per cent less likely to die if vaccinated against flu than those not vaccinated.

Study leader Dr Kimberly Spaude, a researcher at Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said the results showed 'prior vaccination is associated with improved survival in hospitalised adults with community-acquired pneumonia during flu season'.

'If confirmed by other studies, it would represent an important additional benefit of enhanced vaccine coverage.'

The analysis examined 17,393 adults.

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