Letters Utility of mass flu vaccination

High rates of associated morbidity and mortality justify flu vaccination

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7450 (Published 10 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7450
  1. Justin R Ortiz, medical officer
  1. 1Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR), WHO, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
  1. ortizj{at}who.int

McCartney asks ,“Why are we vaccinating so many people in whom we have no proof that [influenza vaccine] works?”1 Systematic reviews have highlighted that few randomised controlled clinical studies with currently available vaccines have been conducted in adults; however, these systematic reviews’ estimates of vaccine efficacy in adults have differed. Some reviews have …

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