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Senior Patients & Influenza

SENIOR PATIENTS & INFLUENZA 50% Adults aged 65 years and older are ata higher risk for complications and hospilalizations caused by influenza. In fact, more than 50% of influenza-related hospitalizations andabout 90% of influenza - related deaths occur in that age group. HOSPITALIZATIONS 90% DEATHS According to a CDC study published online on May 6, 2014, in Clinical Infectious Diseases, influenza vaccines prevent influenza -associa ted A study published in the August 14, 2014, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine con cluded that high-dose influenza vaccines are 24% more effective than The CDC estimates there will be 65% vaccination cover age in adults a ged 65+years in the 2013–14 influenza season. the standard-dose vaccine for hospitalizations in sen ior patien ts. preventing influenza in senior patients. Using statistical modeling researchers noted that during the 2012-13 influenza season, an influenza vaccine with only 10% effectiveness would have preventedabout 13,000 hospitalizations, andan influenza vaccine with 40% effectiveness would have preven ted about 60,000 hospitalizations in the United States 10% 13000 HOSPITALIZATIONS 40% 60,000 HOSPITALIZATIONS Sources Da zGranados CA et al Elficacy of high-doseversus standard-doseinfluerza vaccine inolder adults. NEngl JMed. 201437:635-45. Fry AM et al Maddingthe effect of different vaccine effectiveness estimateson thenumber of vacáne-preverted influenza-a ssodatedhosptalizalions in older adulls. Cin Infed Dis 204:59406-9 www.flu gov. www.cdcgov.

Senior Patients & Influenza

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"Pharmacy Today" magazine, by the American Pharmacists Association

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