New Report Highlights Benefits of Flu Vaccine

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 13, 2013

“Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(MMWR). CDC also reported today that despite the benefits of flu vaccination, only 40% of Americans 6 months and older had reported getting a flu vaccine this season as of early November 2013. The estimated benefits of vaccination for the 2012-2013 season are higher than any other season for which CDC has produced similar estimates.  These high numbers are attributable to the severity of the season.  The report estimates that last season there were a total of 31.8 million influenza-associated illnesses, 14.4 medically attended illnesses, and 381,000 hospitalizations in the United States.”

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