National Academy of Medicine

Free Employee Flu Shots Pay Prevention Dividends

By Donna E. Shalala
January 27, 2012 | Commentary

As is the case every year, millions of Americans will contract influenza this flu season, and thousands will die. During the 2009–10 season alone, when H1N1 set off the world’s first flu pandemic in 40 years, more than an estimated 12,000 Americans lost their lives to the new and different respiratory virus or its complications.

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