SOLLAY LASER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
Terrance L. Baker, MD, MS, FAAFP, FAAEP
Hana Kelele, CRNP, PhD
Modesta Vesonder, CRNP, MS
A Family Practice Board Certified Office
A recent CDC-Supported Study conducted over multiple flu seasons shows that getting a flu shot lessens the risk of severe influenza (flu) among adults, including reducing the risk of hospitalization and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). Additionally, receiving the flu vaccine lessened the severity of illness. Flu vaccines vary in how well it works for each individual. Patients who are vaccinated may still get sick. CDC study demonstrated flu vaccination reduced the severity of illness among patients treated at home and among hospitalized patients who were vaccinated compared to those who were not vaccinated.
Adults who were admitted to the hospital with flu, vaccinated adults were 59% less likely to have severe illness resulting in ICU admission then those who had not been vaccinated. Young adults in the ICU with the flu vaccinated patients on average spend four (4) fewer days in the hospital than those who were not vaccinated.
Since 2005, CDC has conducted annual flu vaccination effectiveness studies to assess how well the vaccine works in preventing flu from occurring. The recent CDC study shows that the vaccine works well in preventing serious illness and in preventing admission to the intensive care unit (ICU).
A growing body of evidence supports vaccination in all adults in order to prevent more serious flu illness. Flu season is occurring now. We recommend that you take time out of your busy week to obtain the influenza vaccination if you have not done so. The flu vaccination is available at most pharmacies and is covered by many insurance plans. The cost of vaccination is much less than the cost of influenza if you get sick. I highly recommend you getting the flu vaccination this year.
If you have any questions about the influenza vaccine or your health in general call 410-644-7655 and set up a consultation to evaluate your health needs. Let’s make 2020 the best and healthiest year of your life.