oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Who should get the flu vaccine? : OTC management

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



As unbelievable as it may seem, influenza is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in the USA. Despite this fact, immunisation against influenza is lagging and vaccine uptake is declining in many countries, including South Africa. Although the overwhelming majority of deaths from influenza occur in high-risk patients, it is the industrial work force that is more likely to be vaccinated than the high-risk patients who need the protection.

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