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Heart-failure patients who have received flu and pneumonia shots have better outcomes


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Reuters Health - 03/09/2020 - A large observational study supports the benefits of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines for heart-failure patients, finding fewer deaths in those who get the recommended immunizations. Using the National Inpatient Sample, Dr. Karthik Gonuguntla of the University of Connecticut and colleagues identified more than 2.9 million patients with heart failure who were hospitalized between 2010 and 2014. Their mean age was 70 years; 60% were men. Overall, only 1.4% of patients had the flu vaccine and only 1.3% had the pneumonia vaccine in the prior year. Rates of in-hospital mortality were significantly lower in heart-failure patients who had the flu vaccine relative to their peers who did not (1.3% vs. 3.6%; P<0.001). The same was true for the pneumonia vaccine, with rates of in-hospital mortality 1.2% in those who got the vaccine versus 3.6% in those who did not (P<0.001). Dr. Gonuguntla reported the findings on August 28 ...


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