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Study Questions the Benefits of Vaccinating the Elderly

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Science  18 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5712, pp. 1026
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5712.1026

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A provocative new analysis of influenza-related mortality in the United States over the past 3 decades suggests that the flu vaccine has had far less success than presumed at preventing death in those over 65.