Flu shots significantly cut pneumonia hospitalisations

INFLUENZA vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalisation for influenza-related pneumonia by nearly 60%, a case control study suggests.

The US study has reviewed 2700 children and adults with community-acquired pneumonia over three consecutive flu seasons, of whom 6% tested positive for influenza on nasopharyngeal/oropharyngeal swabs and were defined as ‘cases’.

The controls were those with pneumonia who were negative for influenza.

The researchers, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have found that 17% of cases and 29% of controls had been