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Flu vaccination impact on elderly deaths may be over-estimated

ther study, indicate that the shortage [of influenza vaccine in the 2004-2005 season] will have little impact [on mortality]," the authors conclude. "Other cohort studies suggest that the shortage will have a tremendous impact on mortality among the elderly. Either way, this vast disconnect between conclusions from different studies must be sorted out."

(Arch Intern Med. 2005; 165:265-272. Available post-embargo at www.archinternmed.com.)

Editor's Note: This study was funded by an Unmet Needs grant from the National Vaccine Program Office, Washington, D.C.


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