The high-dose influenza vaccine was associated with fewer hospital admissions than standard-dose vaccinations among nursing home residents, reports MedPage Today. 

“If given to all approximately 1.5 million nursing home residents, a one percent drop in hospitalizations would translate to thousands fewer being hospitalized,” Gravenstein said in a statement.

The authors noted that lower respiratory tract infection, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, is the leading cause of admission to the hospital from infectious diseases and mortality among older adults, with influenza as the most important viral infection clinically.