Flu Shots Deliver Plenty of Benefits
A 2018 study showed that vaccinated patients were 59% less likely to be admitted to an ICU than those who had not been vaccinated among adults hospitalized with influenza. Among adults in the ICU with the seasonal flu, vaccinated patients on average spent 4 fewer days in the hospital than those who were not vaccinated, stated the U.S. CDC on December 16, 2020.
'Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions,' says the CDC.
Furthermore, several studies have shown that in addition to protecting pregnant women, a flu vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect the baby from flu for several months after birth, when he or she is not old enough to be vaccinated.
'Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most flu vaccines in the USA protect against four different flu viruses (“quadrivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses, says the CDC.