Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccination

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Abstract

Influenza is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Vaccination remains the most important means of preventing and controlling influenza. A review of the published literature shows that vaccination of children, healthy younger adults, the elderly, and both children and adults with high-risk medical conditions provides substantial benefits, although the types of benefits vary by age. Vaccination also generally provides benefit even during poor match seasons. Strategies to reduce transmission within households and communities through the vaccination of school children and to reduce transmission within health care settings through the vaccination of healthcare workers are also promising.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)D17-D22
JournalVaccine
Volume26
Issue numberSUPPL. 4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 12 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Influenza
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccine effectiveness
  • Vaccine efficacy

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