How serious is influenza in the U.S.?

Influenza is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. In a study of influenza seasons from 1976-1977 through 2006-2007, the estimated number of annual influenza-associated deaths from respiratory and circulatory causes ranged from a low of 3,349 (1985-1986 season) to a high of 48,614 (2003-2004 season), with an average of 23,607 influenza-associated deaths.

In addition to fatalities, seasonal influenza is also responsible for more than 200,000 hospitalizations per year. Rates of infection from seasonal influenza are highest among children, but the risks for complications, hospitalizations, and deaths are higher among adults age 65 and older, children younger than 5 years, and people of any age with medical conditions that place them at increased risk for complications from influenza.

Elwyn Pharmacy also provides community influenza vaccination clinics.

Looking to protect your company or business this flu season? Please contact us for more information on how Elwyn can help your company get protected from the influenza virus.

If you have questions about the flu vaccine, consult your doctor or an Elwyn pharmacist before vaccination.

For more information about the vaccination process, including side effects, download the Vaccine Information Sheet here.