In addition to wearing a mask, staying away from society and practicing good hand hygiene, you can do one thing this fall to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19: Get a flu shot. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which found that hospital workers who were vaccinated against the flu were less likely to get coronavirus than those who weren’t. Read on, and for the health of you and others, don’t miss the Sure Signs You Have Coronavirus.
How can a flu shot protect you from COVID?
In the study published in pre-printed and unequaled format, researchers in the Netherlands looked at hospital databases to assess COVID prevalence among vaccinated workers. please flu. They found that vaccinated workers had a 39% lower chance of testing positive for coronavirus by June 1 this year.
Why could this be? There is increasing scientific evidence for a concept known as “innate immunity” – simply that vaccines can enhance the “first response” of the overall immune system. Help them fight a wide range of pathogens and diseases.
However, consider the results of the Dutch study with a grain of salt and remember that the correlation is not the cause. Research does not conclusively prove that the influenza vaccine provides protection against COVID-19. Those in the Dutch study who received it could be simply more health conscious and more likely to engage in healthier behaviors to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.
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Other studies show a link between flu vaccination and a reduced risk of COVID
But, as American Science pointed out this weekOther recent studies have uncovered a potential link between the vaccine and a lower risk of COVID-19. In two articles published in June and September, researchers found lower rates of COVID-19 in regions of Italy, where many adults over 65 years of age had already had a flu vaccine. And in July, researchers at the Mayo Clinic reported that adults had been vaccinated against influenza, polio, chickenpox, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), hepatitis A or B, or pneumococcal disease in the past 5 years are less likely to test positive for COVID-19 than people who have not received any of these vaccines.
Whether this intriguing theory will ultimately be proven or not, health experts recommend that adults get a flu vaccine every year. It’s especially important during the coronavirus pandemic: It will reduce your risk of getting flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could lead to worse results; avoiding the flu can keep your immune system at its strongest; and you are less likely to need medical resources for the flu that may also be needed by people with COVID and other serious illnesses.
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How to stay healthy
For yourself, do everything you can to stop the infection – and spread – of COVID-19 in the first place: Masks, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars , party at home), practice away from society, do only necessary chores, wash hands frequently, disinfect frequently touched surfaces and to overcome this pandemic in the healthiest way, don’t miss these The 35 places where you are most likely to get COVID.