Flu vaccination could unclog EDs: study

A study has proved what doctors have long reported anecdotally — that patients with influenza are clogging up EDs in winter.

The review of 11 million presentations to 115 hospitals over five flu seasons, from 2010-14, showed a clear association between circulating influenza and a reduction in ED throughput.

Levels of circulating influenza were associated with access block and higher rates of patients exceeding the national ‘four-hour rule’ target for maximum length of