Consider the following numbers: 49,000. 200,000. 10.4 billion. 1.
49,000 is the number of deaths each year in the United States due to flu-related complications.
200,000 is the number of annual flu -related hospitalizations.
10.4 billion dollars is the annual cost to the US healthcare system due to flu.
And 1 is the vaccine recommended annually for all individuals age 6 months and older to prevent flu. Then why is it less than ½ of American’s get the flu vaccine each year? Michael Hodin, Ph.D and William Schaffner, M.D.discuss in op-ed published by The Hill.