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Title: Influenza vaccine coverage and the attack rate of influenza-like illness among the elderly in Portugal: is there a correlation?
Authors: Nunes, Baltazar
Falcão, Isabel
Machado, Ausenda
Rodrigues, Emanuel
Marinho Falcão, José
Keywords: Gripe
Cuidados de Saúde
Estados de Saúde e de Doença
Issue Date: 17-May-2007
Publisher: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Citation: Euro Surveill. 2007 May 17;12(5):E070517.2
Abstract: Vaccination of the elderly (>=65 years of age) against influenza is recommended in all European countries and believed to significantly reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality [1]. However, there hav e been relatively few studies on the relationship between the vaccine coverage and the attack rate of influenza-like illness (ILI), and their results have differed [2,3,4]. The study described in this paper aimed at establishing the correlation between the influenza vaccine coverage rates and the rates of ILI among Portuguese population aged 65 years and older, during the influenza seasons 1998-1999 to 2006-2007.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 1560-7917
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