Flu costs the US $90bn a year, report shows

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1134
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Seasonal flu costs the US economy almost $90bn (£45bn; €67bn) a year, says a new report by researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Annual medical costs are in excess of $10bn, and the disease accounts for more than 40 000 deaths a year, as well as 31.4 million outpatient visits involving 10.6 million patients and 3.1 million days in hospital, says the report, published online in Vaccine (doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.03.046).

    Described as the first to estimate the annual economic burden of flu epidemics in the United States, …

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