Immunosuppressed patients should get multiple flu jabs

Melbourne researchers told the conference that routinely vaccinating immunosuppressed patients with two doses every year would improve seroprotection.

They conducted a meta-analysis of influenza vaccination studies in patients who had HIV, malignancies, organ transplants or were undergoing dialysis that compared seroprotection with a healthy control group.

Deputy head of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit at Alfred Health, Professor Allen Cheng, who worked on the study, said the findings were surprising.