Author Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Tex.
The goal of the influenza control program is to reduce mortality and serious morbidity
due to influenza. Some indicators suggest that progress is being made.
Vaccine coverage in persons aged 65 years or older has increased to as
high as 75% in some areas, but the national average is closer to
65%.1 Furthermore, studies have shown that immunization
against influenza will significantly reduce the risk of hospitalization
of elderly patients.2 Not only is influenza vaccination
effective in reducing serious morbidity but it is also cost saving, a
characteristic of very few interventions in medicine.
Glezen WP. Influenza Control—Unfinished Business. JAMA. 1999;281(10):944-945. doi:10.1001/jama.281.10.944