Non-COVID vaccines offer protection, Mayo Clinic reports
July 30, 2020
Vaccines for everything from influenza to measles provide partial protection against COVID-19, according to new Mayo Clinic research, suggesting that parents should get children up to date on shots before school this fall, and senior citizens should schedule their vaccinations before the winter flu season.
People showed a 28% reduction in COVID-19 risk if they received the PCV13 pneumonia vaccine in the last year compared to those who didn't, and a 43% reduction if they received the polio vaccine before travels to at-risk locations, the study showed.
While the population-based study has limitations and was posted online Tuesday without peer review, Mayo officials said there is little harm in using the results to encourage people to seek shots that are recommended anyway.