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Flu jab cuts hospital stay – study

Apr 06 2011 06:20
Letitia Watson
Cape Town - Flu injections can reduce hospitalisation expenses for medical funds.

Research by TopMed medical fund shows that a flu injection can lead to a 41% reduction in hospital costs per medical fund member. It is associated with a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications.

According to TopMed the number of hospital admissions for patients with flu and pneumonia – flu’s most common complication – is 240% up since 2007, but the stays of fund members who received flu injections are considerably shorter than the stays of those not immunised.
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