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Letters Preventing flu-like illness

Reason for optimism

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:172
  1. Peter Doshi, graduate student
  1. 1Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
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    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year.1 Such confidence in influenza vaccines seems misplaced for two reasons. Firstly, if CDC viral surveillance data are correct, then in recent years true influenza viruses have caused an …

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