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In patients with
respiratory disease

Flu Can Have A Devastating Impact1

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Your patients with chronic respiratory conditions are at increased risk for dangerous complications when diagnosed with influenza2-5

In a study of the correlation between influenza and pneumonia, participants with symptomatic influenza had6:

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~8x (95% CI: 4.8-14.5)

increased risk of developing pneumonia within a week following influenza infection

3234 children aged 0-14 years old were enrolled in this Nicaraguan study.6

Study limitations: Generalizability to US children may be limited. Given pneumonia is a rare outcome, the categorization by subtype resulted in fewer cases per strata, which may limit statistical power.6

The American Lung Association urges eligible individuals aged 6 months and older to get their annual flu shot7

Protecting against influenza can help reduce the risk of pneumonia and can help keep your patients out of the hospital.2,4,8

References:

  •  Estimated flu-related illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States — 2019–2020 flu season. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. October 1, 2021. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2019-2020.html 
  •  Flu & people with asthma. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 26, 2021. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/asthma.htm 
  •  FluView. Laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/FluHospChars.html 
  •  Kalil AC, Thomas PG. lnfluenza virus-related critical illness: pathophysiology and epidemiology. Crit Care. 2019;23:258. doi:10.1186/s13054-019-2539-x 
  •  MacNee W. ABC of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: pathology, pathogenesis, and pathophysiology. BMJ. 2006;332:1202-1204. 
  •  Kubale J, Kuan G, Gresh L, et al. Individual-level association of influenza infection with subsequent pneumonia: a case-control and prospective cohort study. Clin Infect Dis. 2020. doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa1053 
  •  Top health organizations urge flu and COVID-19 vaccines to protect vulnerable, reduce burden on hospitals. American Heart Association. September 27, 2021. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://newsroom.heart.org/news/top-health-organizations-urge-flu-and-covid-19-vaccines-to-protect-vulnerable-reduce-burden-on-hospitals 
  •  Grohskopf LA, Alyanak E, Ferdinands JM, et al. Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2021–22 influenza season. MMWR. 2021;70(5):1-28. doi:10.15585/mmwr.rr7005a1