CDC Says Immunizations Are Critical for Older Americans
Aldrich, Nancy, Keyser, Cheryl M., Aging Today
Flu Deaths Doubled in Last Decade
As the 2003-04 flu season approaches, service providers in aging should be aware of a dramatic rise in deaths from influenza among elders, many of them preventable, in recent years. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, the number of deaths from influenza complications nearly doubled during the last decade from about 20,000 per year throughout the 19705 and '80s to 36,000 deaths a year. Nine in 10 of those who succumb are older adults. During the 1970s through mid-1990s, about 114,000 people were hospitalized each year from influenza-related causes; about 43% were people age 65 or older.
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Publication information: Article title: CDC Says Immunizations Are Critical for Older Americans. Contributors: Aldrich, Nancy - Author, Keyser, Cheryl M. - Author. Magazine title: Aging Today. Volume: 24. Issue: 5 Publication date: September/October 2003. Page number: 6. © American Society on Aging Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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