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Influenza vaccination: policy versus evidence

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 09 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1020

Policy is in the lead

  1. Peter Doshi, graduate student
  1. 1Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

In his review of the available literature, Jefferson finds a large gap between influenza vaccination policy and what the data tell us.1 What the data tell us, he writes, is that the inactivated vaccines have little or no effect on the effects measured, and the comparative evidence is insufficient to demonstrate the vaccines are safe.

Jefferson's results are consistent with previous epidemiological …

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