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Expanding flu vaccine coverage to healthy young people, as well as the elderly, can decrease overall infection rates by more than 90 percent

Ward, Courtney J. (2014) Expanding flu vaccine coverage to healthy young people, as well as the elderly, can decrease overall infection rates by more than 90 percent. LSE American Politics and Policy (19 Feb 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The elderly are often hit the hardest during flu season, and this vulnerability means that they tend to be targeted by vaccination programs. But is the whole population missing out when younger people are left unvaccinated? New research from Courtney J. Ward looks at the effects of expanding vaccination in the Canadian province of Ontario, finding that increased coverage across the entire population means that the infection rate can fall by as much as 92 percent. She argues that in order to mount the best defense against the flu, policy makers may want to ignore conventional wisdom and expand incentives for healthy young Americans to vaccinate.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2014 10:31
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2019 23:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58727

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