Estimates of Deaths Associated with Seasonal Influenza -- United States, 1976-2007

Thompson, M. G.; Shay, D. K.; Zhou, H.; Bridges, C. B.; Cheng, P. Y.; Burns, E.; Bresee, J. S.; Cox, N. J.
August 2010
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;8/27/2010, Vol. 59 Issue 33, p1057
The article focuses on a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning influenza-associated deaths in the country from 1976 to 2007. Data showed that influenza-related death has an annual rate of 1.4 to 16.7 deaths per 100,000 persons in the country during the period. It is said that many of the influenza-related deaths have been caused by secondary infections including bacterial pneumonia. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for people more than six months old to limit the risk of influenza complications.


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