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Every state and age group fall well below the CDC’s target vaccination rate of 70%.
Influenza and pneumonia (a common complication from the flu) are one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States.
2017 was the most severe flu season of the last decade with increased severity across all age groups.
For the 2016-2017 flu season, CDC estimates indicate that the flu vaccine prevented 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 hospitalizations.
On average, employees miss 3-5 days of work as a result of the flu, resulting in the loss of over 600,000 life-years and lost earnings of approximately $16 billion each year.