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Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1871-5265
ISSN (Online): 2212-3989

The Threat of Human Influenza: the Viruses, Disease Impacts, and Vaccine Solutions

Author(s): Jiehui Kevin Yin, Glenn Salkeld, Leon Heron, Gulam Khandaker, Harunor Rashid and Robert Booy

Volume 14, Issue 3, 2014

Page: [150 - 154] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/1871526514666141014150907

Price: $65


Influenza is an acute respiratory illness that remains an important cause of excessive morbidity and mortality with substantial economic cost to the population. Influenza, being a virus that frequently mutates, is not amenable to elimination. Vaccination remains the most effective preventive measure. This review summarises the latest developments in the fields of biology and epidemiology relating to clinical and economic impacts of influenza disease, and vaccination. We suggest that future efforts should focus on developing safer, more effective, and cost-effective prophylactic vaccines for influenza.

Keywords: Epidemiology, health economics, immunisation policy, influenza vaccine, influenza.

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