The Catalan Institute of Health (ICS) points out that, according to a study by the EPIVAC research group published in the British Medical Journal, those vaccinated against the flu over the age of 50 have a lower risk of contracting the coronavirus.
The work has analyzed the incidence and risk of suffering from covid in 79,083 over 50 years of twelve primary care teams in Camp de Tarragona during the first wave (March-May last year), awarded a grant by the Carlos III Health Institute.
The study, also of the effect of certain drugs, shows that those who received the flu vaccine during the fall prior to the pandemic (2019) had a lower risk compared to those who were not vaccinated.
Those taking inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (a type of drug common in hypertensive patients) do not are at higher risk, although yes cancer patients, chronic heart and respiratory diseases.
Other drugs of common chronic use such as antiplatelet agents, oral anticoagulants and anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids did not show any preventive benefit from infection.
Finally, hypertension, obesity, and smoking they also do not present a higher risk, although they do may be associated with greater severity of the illness.
In a next phase, the EPIVAC group will focus on the initial clinical presentation (symptoms and signs) of covid and its clinical course, in order to develop a predictive tool that can be used for the initial assessment of patients.
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