For Children, Flu Vaccine Reduces ICU Admissions
the MPR take:
Influenza vaccinations were shown to have reduced the risk of life-threatening influence by 74% during the 2010–11 and 2011–12 U.S. influenza seasons. The findings, published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, is the first to analyze among children the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine against ICU admission associated with influenza virus infection. Children who were fully vaccinated were either 74% (95% CI, 19–91%) or 82% (95% CI, 23–96%) less likely to be admitted to a PICU for influenza compared to PICU controls or community controls, respectively. Administration of one dose of the vaccine when two doses were recommended did not improve outcomes.
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