Sunday, October 23, 2011
Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even
Each year in the U.S., 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu and an average of 226,000 people are
hospitalized from flu-related complications.5
Depending on virus severity during the influenza season, deaths can range from 3,000 to a high of about
¾ Combined with pneumonia, influenza is the nation’s eighth leading cause of death.6
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vaccines: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2009. MMWR.
4. CDC. Prevention and control of influenza: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on
Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2008. MMWR. 2008;57(RR-7):1-64.
5. CDC. Estimates of deaths associated with seasonal influenza – United States, 1976-2007. MMWR.
6. CDC. Deaths: Final data for 2006. National vital statistic reports. 2009.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr57/nvsr57_14.pdf. Accessed March 30, 2010.