Scientists told about effectiveness of influenza vaccinations against COVID-19

Scientists from the University of Radbud’s Medical Center together with colleagues from other universities and scientific centers of the Netherlands and Germany checked whether the annual influenza vaccination ensure cross protection against COVID-19. It turned out that those who made influenza vaccinations at 47 percent were less frequently infected with coronavirus during the first wave of COVID-19 and 59 percent – during the second. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the results of the study, published on the MEDRXIV preprints server.

According to the authors of the study, such a result indicates that flu vaccination to a certain extent protects against SARS-COV-2.

It is reported that scientists during the first Pandemic wave conducted a study among employees of a major hospital in the Netherlands and found that the incidence of COVID-19 was much lower among those who received the influenza vaccination compared to those who did not do it – 2.1 against 3.3 percent. According to the study, the risk of COVID-19 sick in grafts against influenza was 47 percent lower than that of unvacted. In the second wave of a pandemic, these figures amounted to 2.0; 3.9 and 50 percent, respectively.

Earlier it was reported that Moderna announced the development of a single vaccine that protects against COVID-19 and seasonal flu.

Vaccine developers intend to constantly update its composition in accordance with common strains.

/Media reports.