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Scientists have found that the flu shot reduces the risk of contracting coronavirus




Scientists from the Radboud University Medical Center found that those vaccinated against influenza were 47% less likely to be infected with coronavirus during the first wave of COVID-19 and 50% less likely during the second. The results of the study were published on the medRxiv preprint server.

Experts believe that vaccination against influenza protects against coronavirus to a certain extent.

During the first wave of the pandemic, scientists conducted a study among hospital employees in the Netherlands and found that the incidence of COVID-19 was much lower among those who received a flu shot compared to those who did not — 2.1% vs. 3.3%. The risk of contracting coronavirus in those vaccinated against influenza was 47% lower than in those who were not vaccinated. In the second wave of the pandemic, these figures were 2%; 3.9%, and 50%

The authors of the study concluded that this may be due to the effect of "trained immunity".



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