Editor’s note: These articles summarize key points from three Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The comment sections might include additional information that did not appear in the original publications. To subscribe to MMWR, visit www.cdc.gov/MMWR.
♦ “Estimated Influenza Illnesses and Hospitalizations Averted by Influenza Vaccination - United States, 2012-2013 Influenza Season.” MMWR. 2013; 62(49):997-1000, www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6249a2.htm?s_cid=mm6249a2_w.
Estimates of the impact of influenza vaccination were generated using surveillance data, vaccination coverage survey data and vaccine effectiveness estimates collected during the 2012-’13 influenza season.
During this period, vaccination resulted in:
The report supports the importance of influenza vaccination. It also highlights the need for increasing coverage rates and more effective vaccines, which can further reduce the burden of influenza.
Weekly influenza surveillance reports can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/.