Flu vaccinations could reduce the risk of COVID-19 symptoms in children

At the University of Missouri, a research group found that children who were administered a seasonal flu vaccination were at a lower risk of COVID-19 symptoms.

Over 900 children confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 in 2020 were evaluated in a study released in the journal Cureus.

In the study, the medical data was derived between February and August 2020. Upon examining the children with COVID-19, it was established that those who received an influenza vaccine were at a lower chance of symptoms, like respiratory problems, for example.

“The clinical data was collected along with influenza and pneumococcal vaccination status of these patients,” the study says.

“The results showed that viral interference may have played a role in the current flu and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) twindemic. SARS-CoV-2 and influenza may have significantly affected each other’s epidemiological features.”

Anjali Patwardhan, the study’s first author, concluded the following: “Understanding the relationship and co-existence of other viruses alongside SARS-CoV-2 and knowing the vaccination status of the host population may help in deploying the right strategies to get the best outcomes.”

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