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Mortality rates from flu and pneumonia rise significantly with age

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Death rate from pneumonia and flu is 130x higher for ages 85+ compared with people ages 45 to 54. This increased risk due to age is higher than that seen in heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other leading causes of death.

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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