Influenza Vaccines for Older Persons: Progress and Pitfalls

Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 216, Issue 4   15 August 2017
https://academic.oup.com/jid/issue

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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,
https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jix285
Extract
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.