Navigation Links
When It Comes to Flu, the More Who Get Vaccine, the Better
Date:10/28/2008

While not possible to protect all, studies show shots cut deaths, hospital visits

TUESDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The more people who get the flu vaccine, the better it is for everyone, according to two new studies.

In the first study, researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto and colleagues found that a universal vaccination program implemented in the Ontario province in 2000 helped lower flu-related deaths, hospitalizations, and visits to emergency departments and doctors' offices there. Under the program, the Ontario government offers and promotes free flu vaccinations to everyone over the age of 6 months.

However, the study also showed that only 38 percent of all household members still received the shots, and that the increase in immunization rates did not reduce mortality and health-care use in older people, particularly those over 75 years of age, as much as it did in younger people. This suggests that higher immunization rates of younger people might still help protect older people from the flu, the researchers said.

The second study, done by a team at University Medical Center, Utrecht, in the Netherlands, found that vaccinating all health-care workers in a 30-bed nursing home department could reduce patient infections by up to 60 percent. They also calculated that vaccinating seven health-care workers would, on average, prevent one patient at the home from developing the flu.

This study in "herd immunity" found that it was not possible to fully protect all the patients; however, it concluded that increasing worker vaccination does lead to lower risk of patients developing influenza.

Both studies were published this week in the open access journal PLoS Medicine.

More information

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



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: PLoS Medicine, news release, Oct. 27, 2008


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

Related medicine news :

1. MRI finds breast cancer before it becomes dangerous
2. Comparison of obstetric outcomes between on-call and patients own obstetricians
3. Continued Statin Use Boosts Post-Stroke Outcomes
4. Video: Nutrition Comes to NASCAR
5. MinuteClinic Becomes Participating Provider with Assurant Health
6. QI projects may -- or may not -- improve patient safety and outcomes
7. Hospitals Could Improve Outcomes for Patients and Save Millions According to Hill-Rom 10th Annual Pressure Ulcer Survey
8. Neusoft Becomes First Global Growth Company Partner of World Economic Forum
9. Michael Moores SiCKO Becomes the Third Highest Grossing Documentary of All Time Surpassing An Inconvenient Truth
10. Womens World Banking Welcomes New Network Member From Tunisia
11. Bypass Off-Pump Boosts Womens Outcomes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/27/2017)... , ... March 27, 2017 , ... Buzzies parent company, ... 10 for Rent the Runway Foundation and UBS’ Project Entrepreneur. Mayo will present her ... April 8. , Project Entrepreneur’s second annual venture competition ignites bold ideas by ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... recently received the CE Certificate of Conformity for the Smart System® 20/20. CE ... exceed the highest industry standards and specifications such as ANSI, ISO and proven ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... and conference coverage on veterinary medicine, announces the launch of Veterinarian’s Money Digest™, ... packaged with the April edition of American Veterinarian™. , “We look ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... weight management program at Women’s Excellence will help patients lose weight and keep ... exam. The specialists at Women's Excellence will measure BMI, body fat composition, ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... epigenetic research products enables researchers to pursue the recent RNA methylation “gold rush” ... . In light of the newfound characteristics of N6-methyladenosine, or m6A , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... India , March 24, 2017 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair ... million by 2022, Globally, registering a CAGR of 5.1% from 2016 to 2022. The ... projected to dominate the market during the study period. ... ... ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017 New England Pediatric ... of an award including funding and in-kind service towards ... technology.  "Making blood draws less traumatic ... their whole hospital experience better.  We,re looking forward to ... can help improve care for the kids we treat," ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Demand Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... The global wound care market was worth ... CAGR of 6.7% during 2016-2022 Among the various wound care ... in the global market in 2015. Among the various applications, surgical wound ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: