Flu vax cuts hospitalisation of elderly

Uncertainty over the effectiveness of flu vaccine in the elderly has been eased with a new study showing that vaccination is associated with a 42% reduction in hospitalisation.

Canadian researchers conducted a study into the impact of influenza vaccination in the elderly during the 2010-11 season to clarify the effect of flu vaccine on major health outcomes.

In a test-negative study of 569 community-living elderly people who tested positive for influenza and 1,661 people who tested negative for influenza, they found that vaccination with trivalent