Silver Book Fact

>1/2 of flu’s economic burden from people 65+

An estimated 64% of the total economic burden of influenza comes from those over 65 years old.

Molinari, Noelle-Angelique M., Ismael R. Ortega-Sanchez, Mark L. Messonnier, William W. Thompson, Pascale M. Wortley, et al. The Annual Impact of Seasonal Influenza in the U.S.: Measuring disease burden and costs. Vaccine. 2007; 25: 5086-96. http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/H1N1-flu/epidemiology/epidemiology-14.pdf

Reference

Title
The Annual Impact of Seasonal Influenza in the U.S.: Measuring disease burden and costs
Publication
Vaccine
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Molinari, Noelle-Angelique M., Ismael R. Ortega-Sanchez, Mark L. Messonnier, William W. Thompson, Pascale M. Wortley, et al.
Pages
5086-96
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • Every year 5 to 20% of US population gets the flu
    Every year around 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets influenza.  
  • Infectious diseases 15% of all healthcare expenditures
    The annual direct & indirect medical cost of infectious diseases is $120 million, 15% of all U.S. healthcare expenditures.  
  • Death rate from pneumonia and flu rises significantly with age
    The death rate from pneumonia and influenza is close to 130 times higher in people age 85 and older, compared to people ages 45 to 54. This increased risk due…  
  • Antibacterial resistant pathogens responsible for most of 99,000 HAI related deaths
    The majority of the 99,000 patients who die from healthcare-associated infections each year, are due to antibacterial-resistant pathogens.  
  • 35-50 million people get the flu each year
    Between 35 and 50 million Americans get influenza each year.