Flu Vaccine Reduces Flu Hospitalizations



Flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-related hospitalization by 76.8 percent among adults age 50 and older during the 2011-2012 flu season, according to a new U.S. study. Among adults of all ages, flu vaccine reduced flu hospitalization risk by 71.4 percent. “This study is reassuring in light of recent reports that flu vaccination can be less effective in older adults,” says Dr. Keipp Talbot of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, lead author of the study. The findings are published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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