A study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed that people who have received Covid booster shots and flu vaccines show a significantly increased risk of strokes.
The study found a 20-35% increased stroke risk in adults 65 and older who received both shots in the same visit.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen.
“Our study did identify an elevated risk of stroke when the COVID-19 bivalent vaccines were administered with a concomitant high-dose/adjuvanted influenza vaccine,” the researchers wrote.
Older adults who received last year’s COVID booster and a high-dose version of the flu vaccine in the same visit may have a potential increased risk of stroke, according to a new FDA-funded study. However, experts urge that these results were preliminary.https://t.co/LeKsv5Vvz4
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They added that stroke risks could be driven more by the flu vaccine alone than both the COVID booster and flu vaccine.
“We additionally found a slightly elevated risk of stroke following influenza vaccines administered without concomitant COVID-19 bivalent vaccines,” they wrote.
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