In addition to wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene, there is one more thing you can do this fall to reduce your risk of COVID-19: get a flu shot. This is the conclusion of a new study that found that hospital workers who have been vaccinated against influenza are less likely to contract the coronavirus than those who have not. Read on and ensure the health of yourself and others, don’t miss these positive signs of coronavirus.
How does the flu vaccine prevent you from contracting COVID?
In this study, published in preprint form and not yet peer-reviewed, researchers in the Netherlands reviewed hospital databases to assess the rate of COVID infection among employees receiving flu vaccines. They found that as of June 1
Why is this so? There is more and more scientific evidence about the concept called “innate immunity”. Simply put, vaccines can strengthen the “first responders” of the immune system and help them resist various pathogens and diseases.
However, as a result of a Dutch study with a grain of salt, please remember that correlation is not causation. This study does not clearly prove that the flu vaccine has a protective effect on COVID-19. People who received the study in the Dutch study may just be more health-conscious and more likely to engage in healthy behaviors, thereby reducing the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
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Other studies have shown a link between flu shots and reduced COVID risk
but, Such as Scientific american Point out this week, Other recent studies have found a potential link between vaccines and a lower risk of COVID-19. In two papers published in June and September, researchers found that the incidence of COVID-19 in parts of Italy is low, where more adults over 65 have been vaccinated against influenza. And in July, researchers at the Mayo Clinic reported that adults who had been vaccinated against influenza, polio, chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), Haemophilus influenza Compared with people who have not received any vaccines, in the past five years, it is less likely to test positive for COVID-19 for type B (Hib), hepatitis A or B or pneumococcal disease.
Regardless of whether this interesting theory is finally confirmed, health experts recommend that adults should be vaccinated against influenza every year. This is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic: it will reduce your chances of catching flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which can lead to worse consequences; avoiding flu can keep your immune system in top condition; this way , You are unlikely to need medical resources to deal with people who have the flu due to COVID and other serious illnesses.
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How to stay healthy
As for yourself, please do everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19: first, cover up your mask, if you think you have coronavirus, please test, avoid crowds (and bars, and family gatherings), and only conduct social evacuations. An indispensable task, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and survive this pandemic in the healthiest way. Don’t miss these 35 places most likely to catch COVID.