The Influence of Influenza - Epidemics, Pandemics and Everything In-between

12/9/2013; 82 minutes

Influenza is the number one vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. Experts estimate that up to 50,000 people may die in the United States annually as a complication of influenza infection. Yet, influenza is often ignored as a serious illness, and despite the availability of an effective and relatively inexpensive vaccine, many people choose not to get vaccinated. Dr. Janice K. Louie, California Department of Public Health, reviews the epidemiologic, clinical and public health aspects of influenza epidemics and pandemics and explores the myths and misunderstandings surrounding vaccination.

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