Flu Vaccine Significantly Cutting Pediatric Hospital Stays

 Friday, October 9, 2020

A recent study published in Pediatrics found that the 2018-19 influenza vaccine reduced flu-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits among children by 40 percent to 60 percent. Of 1,792 patients admitted to the hospital, 226 (13 percent) tested positive for the flu, and among 1,944 patients who came to the Emergency Department (ED), 420 (22 percent) tested positive. The study also found that influenza-positive case patients were less likely to be vaccinated than influenza-negative control patients among both hospitalized (47 percent vs 62 percent) and ED patients (40 percent vs 58 percent). Overall, adjusted vaccine effectiveness against any influenza-associated hospitalization in children was 41 percent. Adjusted vaccine effectiveness among ED patients was 51 percent.