Did You Know? Influenza by the Numbers

Published on in Parents PACK

Seasonal epidemics of influenza occur annually in the United States. Each year in the U.S. influenza causes:

  • Thousands to tens of thousands of deaths
  • About 200,000 hospitalizations
  • 111 million workdays lost
  • $7 billion in sick days and lost workplace productivity

The vaccine protects about 70 of every 100 people who receive it from getting really sick, preventing many hospitalizations and deaths.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.