Navigation Links
Flu Shots Worthwhile for College Students
Date:12/5/2008

Getting seasonal vaccine reduced illness rates, missed classes, study shows

FRIDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Flu vaccinations reduce college students' risk of illness, related health-care visits and school interruptions, a new study shows

Researchers at the VA Medical Center and University of Minnesota studied students on two campuses during four flu seasons from 2002 to 2006.

Each year, 9 percent to 20 percent of U.S. college and university students get the flu, according to background information in the study of 12,975 students, of which 30.2 percent had a flu vaccination and 24.1 percent experienced at least one flu-like symptom during flu season. Vaccinated students were much less likely to get sick than those who weren't vaccinated.

"Vaccination was also associated with significant reductions in influenza-like illness, associated [health] provider visits, antibiotic use, impaired school performance, and numbers of days of missed classes, missed work and illness during the influenza season," wrote Dr. Kristin L. Nichol and colleagues.

When they averaged their findings over all four flu seasons, the researchers concluded that: One day of illness was prevented for every two students who were vaccinated; one day of missed class was prevented for every 17 students vaccinated; one day of missed work was prevented for every 11 students vaccinated, and one day spent in bed was prevented for every six students vaccinated.

The study was published in the December issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

"Current recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza encourage vaccination for all persons 6 months and older who wish to reduce their risk of influenza illness. Our findings highlight the benefits that would accrue to the nearly 18 million college and university students in this country if they were vaccinated," the study authors wrote.

The study received funding from Aventis Pasteur and MedImmune, and Nichol received other research funding from, or served as a consultant to, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, CSL and Novartis.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about preventing seasonal flu.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Dec. 1, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Amanzi Tea offers free, natural Flu Shots to New Yorkers
2. Lymph Node Shots Tested for Grass Pollen Allergy
3. Flu Shots Lower Risk of Blood Clots
4. New Compound Might Be Improvement Over Allergy Shots
5. Too Many High-Risk Teens Not Getting Flu Shots
6. Free Flu Shots, Health, Dental Screenings and Services Available to New Kensington Area Adults
7. University Of Minnesota Gives 11,538 Flu Shots Tuesday, Shattering Guinness World Record for Most Flu Shots in a Single Day
8. Snapshots of eyes could serve as early warning of diabetes
9. Unilever Unveils Promise(R) SuperShots(R) for Blood Pressure, the First Functional Shot to Increase Daily Potassium Intake to Help Reduce the Risk of High Blood Pressure
10. Online Scheduler Helps Track Kids Shots
11. AHRQs 2007 State Snapshots Provide Broader Portraits of State-By-State Health Care Performance
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Flu Shots Worthwhile for College Students
(Date:12/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... of its latest transitional care facility – Avamere Transitional Care of Puget ... square foot short-term, post-acute health care center will provide patients recovering from illness ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... it has been featured in SuperbCrew magazine, a leading online tech news platform ... This interview, now featured on SuperbCrew.com, explores the state of enterprise mobility security ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... Researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s ... of young athletes. Over the course of three years, researchers will study concussions and ... The mouth guards, equipped with special sensors, will track the location and force of ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... 70th Annual Meeting through tomorrow, December 6th, sparks a conversation about epilepsy, bearing ... , One in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy within their lifetime. ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... Keynote speaker for the 21st Annual International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies®: Focus on ... PER® president, Phil Talamo said, “We are honored to have Amy E. Herman ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... Dec. 5, 2016 Spain Glaucoma Surgery Devices ... report, "Spain Glaucoma Surgery Devices Market Outlook to 2022", ... Devices market. The report provides value, in millions of ... within market segements - Canaloplasty Micro Catheters and Glaucoma ... and distribution shares data for each of these market ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... Special purpose needles are used in target specific ... cells from organs or lumps and are available in the ... market for special purpose needles is showing a steady growth ... the global special purpose needles market is projected to expand ... and is expected to be valued at US$ 17,261.5 million ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... and BOCA RATON, Fla. ... Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research ... finalized a funding agreement SegAna, LLC, an ... at University of Central Florida. The Florida Institute ... and bridges early funding gaps for companies spinning ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: