Last year I blogged that taking the flu vaccine may help with contracting COVID-19, well enough time has passed and data has been collected to suggest. Yes, physicians/scientists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine after reviewing over 74,000 patients files from around the world, published that the flu vaccine may provide protection against COVID-19.
Their deduction after studying charts from vaccinated and unvaccinated COVID-19 patients: in unvaccinated (recall Vaccines approved Dec. 2020) individuals who received the flu vaccine, COVID-19 infections were less likely to have the complications of a stroke, sepsis, and DVT. Those who had both vaccines (against SARS-CoV-2 and flu) and developed breakthrough COVID-19, were less likely to visit the ER or be admitted to ICU. Remember the SARS- CoV-2 vaccine prevents – to varying degrees dependent on which vaccine you receive – contracting a severe case or dying from the illness.
Everything I just stated is from a retrospective study, no definite cause and effect but the probable likelihood is assumed.
Flu activity was unusually low throughout the 2020-2021 flu season both in the United States and globally. Please visit CDC Flu resource and read 2021-2022 information. Plan your flu shot for October so your immunity is present when flu season is at its peak.