CDC: Flu vaccine prevented 6.6 million illnesses, 79,000 hospitalizations last year

December 12, 2013 6:54 PM

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CDC: Flu vaccine prevented 6.6 million illnesses, 79,000 hospitalizations last year

Last year’s flu vaccine protected more people against the disease than any recent season, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

That’s likely because the 2012-2013 flu season was especially severe, according to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year’s flu season is beginning to ramp up, so the agency used the findings to urge all Americans that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.

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