The US 2012-2013 Flu season has been worse than average particularly for the elderly. Vaccines have been the main global weapon to minimise the impact of influenza in the elderly for the last four decades and are recommended worldwide for individuals aged 65 years or older. The primary goal of influenza vaccination in the elderly is to reduce the risk of complications among persons who are most vulnerable.

We share a Cochrane review on the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing influenza, influenza-like illness (ILI), hospital admissions, complications and mortality in the elderly.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004876.pub3/pdf

 

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