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Influenza Vaccination for Older People

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Abstract:

Influenza is a common infectious disease worldwide and affects persons of all ages. Most people with the illness recover quickly, but elderly people and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for complications and even death. For example, between 2000 and 2008, influenza along with other acute upper respiratory infections accounted for about 44 000 hospitalisations per year in France and 77 000 in Germany. The impact of influenza on the employed population is substantial, even though most influenza morbidity and mortality occurs among the elderly and those with chronic conditions (e.g. 85‐90% of people who die from influenza in France and Germany are over 65 years of age).

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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