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Over 6 years, flu vaccine prevented ~13 million cases

Over a 6-year period (2005 – 2011), the influenza vaccine prevented an estimated 13 million influenza cases–between 1.1 million and 5 million annually.

Kostova, Deliana, Carrie Reed, Lyn Finelli, Po-Yung Cheng, Paul M. Gargiullo, et al. Influenza Illness and Hospitalizations Averted by Influenza Vaccination in the United States, 2005-2011. PLoS ONE. 2013; 8(6): e66312. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066312. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066312

Reference

Title
Influenza Illness and Hospitalizations Averted by Influenza Vaccination in the United States, 2005-2011
Publication
PLoS ONE
Publication Date
2013
Authors
Kostova, Deliana, Carrie Reed, Lyn Finelli, Po-Yung Cheng, Paul M. Gargiullo, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 8, Issue 6
Pages
e66312. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066312.
URL
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