Researchers hit back at anti-vax slant on flu study

The findings were wrongly linked to COVID-19 and twisted in a social media blitz, they say

Anti-vaxxers have "artfully manipulated" a study on influenza immunisation and non-pandemic coronaviruses in a bid to dissuade people from having flu shots, a leading Australian researcher says.

The study looked at 6000 members of the US defense forces and found that, overall, influenza vaccination was associated with a non-significant reduction in the risk of catching other respiratory viruses.

However, while vaccinated patients had lower odds of being diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus or parainfluenza, they had higher odds of being diagnosed