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CDC estimates beneficial impact of flu vaccination

As influenza activity picks up in some parts of the United States, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that vaccinations reduced flu-related illness, doctor visits and hospitalizations by 17 percent last year.From October 2012 to May 2013, flu vaccination prevented 6.6 million illnesses, according to estimates published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Nearly half of those illnesses would have required medical treatment. and 79,260 would have resulted in hospitalization, the report claimed.The benefits of vaccination during the 2012 – 2013 flu season are higher than those for previous seasons dating back to 2005, when the CDC adopted its current model for estimating vaccine impact. Federal health officials attribute this to the intensity of last year's flu season, which they characterized as "moderately severe."CDC officials said the report shows that flu vaccinations produce substantial health benefits. Howeve...

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