Source:  Arjun Walia

IN BRIEF

  • The Facts:A recently published paper has found a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide.
  • Reflect On:Why does vaccine hesitancy continue to grow worldwide? What’s going on? What information/factors are contributing to this hesitancy?

What Happened: recently published study in PeerJ  by Christian Wehenkel, a Professor at Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango in Mexico, has found a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide.

According to the study, “The results showed a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and IVR (influenza vaccination rate) of people ≥65 years-old. There is a significant increase in COVID-19 deaths from eastern to western regions in the world. Further exploration is needed to explain these findings, and additional work on this line of research may lead to prevention of deaths associated with COVID-19.”

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