Influenza Vaccines for Older Persons: Progress and Pitfalls

Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 216, Issue 4   15 August 2017

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Influenza Vaccines for Older Persons: Progress and Pitfalls
Kathleen M Neuzil; Wilbur H Chen
The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 216, Issue 4, 15 August 2017, Pages 397–398,
Influenza causes annual epidemics of varying severity that affect persons of all ages. In the older adult population, influenza constitutes a particularly important public health burden. In population-based modeling studies in the United States, hospitalization rates are consistently highest among persons aged ≥65 years of age [1]. Similarly, deaths are much more frequent among older persons than younger persons. In a modeling analysis of population-based surveillance data covering the 2010–2011 through the 2012–2013 seasons in the United States, an estimated 71%–85% of influenza-associated deaths occurred among adults aged ≥65 years [2]. Among those 65 years and older, certain factors such as.