New Research Shows that Flu Vaccines Cut ICU Admission Risks
A new study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases has shown some promising research about the effectiveness of flu vaccinations for children. The research produced in the study is groundbreaking in that it is the first to analyze the relationship between vaccine efficacy and admissions to pediatric intensive care units. The medical records of 216 children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years old were analyzed for the study. All of these children had been admitted to pediatric intensive care units during the flu seasons of 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. The researchers found that children who were vaccinated against the flu reduced their risk of ending up in intensive care due to flu complications by 74 percent. Thus, being vaccinated protects children against serious flu complications.
Children under the age of 5 are at high risk for contracting the flu and developing life-threatening complications. This new study shows that vaccination of children and the adults around them is the best way to keep them from falling seriously ill during the flu season.