Journal Article

Annual Universal Influenza Vaccination: Ready or Not?

Bruce Gellin, John F. Modlin, Jon S. Abramson, Kathleen M. Neuzil and Susan E. Tamblyn

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 42, issue 1, pages 132-135
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/498514
Annual Universal Influenza Vaccination: Ready or Not?

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Influenza causes annual worldwide epidemics of respiratory disease. Currently, the United States and many other countries recommend influenza vaccination for persons who are at high risk for influenza-related complications. This commentary explores the potential benefits of a policy advocating universal annual influenza vaccination and outlines obstacles that need to be overcome to make such a recommendation feasible. The 5-year experience of a free influenza vaccination program for everyone ⩾ 6 months of age in the Canadian province of Ontario is reviewed.

Journal Article.  2586 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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