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Dueling articles debate necessity of influenza vaccination

KEY POINT

The author of two commentaries argued that influenza is not a public health threat, vaccination is not effective and possibly unsafe, and current immunization recommendations are inaccurate. In stark contrast, a cohort study added to the evidence base for influenza vaccination, finding that vaccination averted nearly 6 million medically-attended influenza cases and more than 100,000 influenza-related hospitalizations during a 6-year period.

SOURCES

Doshi P. Influenza vaccines: time for a rethink. JAMA Intern Med. 2013; 173(11):1014–16.

Doshi P. Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease. BMJ. 2013;346:f3037.

Kostova D et al. Influenza and hospitalizations averted by influenza vaccination in the United States, 2005-2011. PLoS ONE. 8(6):e66312.