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The flu shot prevented 13 million illnesses over the past 6 years
The flu shot prevented 13 million illnesses over the past 6 years (June 19, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Atlanta – From 2005-2011, the flu shot likely prevented 13 million instances of illness, according to a report published in PLOS ONE. Researchers examined data on vaccination coverage, vaccine effectiveness, illness and hospitalization rates during 6 flu seasons. Using this data, researchers estimated the health care burden of influenza if there was no vaccine. Results showed that the vaccine reduced disease outcomes by nearly 20%--equating to 13 million fewer illnesses and 110,000 fewer hospitalizations
 
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