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Flu vaccine use can reduce illness risk in U.S. by 60%

Recent studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the influenza vaccine can reduce the risk of illness in the overall U.S. population by around 60%. Estimates for the 2012-2013 season are 47% vaccine effectiveness for influenza A (H3N2) and 67% for influenza B.

Vaccine Effectiveness: How well does the flu vaccine work?. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm. Published March 15, 2013

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Title
Vaccine Effectiveness: How well does the flu vaccine work?
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
Published March 15, 2013
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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