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Influenza Vaccination in Vulnerable Populations

Ahmet Baydur, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Los Angeles, CA
 ,  Dr. Baydur is Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Department of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Correspondence to: Ahmet Baydur, MD, FCCP, Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, GNH 11–900, 2025 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033; e-mail: baydur@hsc.usc.edu



Chest. 2004;125(6):1971-1972. doi:10.1378/chest.125.6.1971
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People with asthma and COPD are considered to be at risk for complications of influenza. This disease has been responsible for a major increase in morbidity and mortality during epidemic periods, especially in such patients. As early as 1848, the founder of modern concepts of medical surveillance, William Farr, estimated that 41% of the population of London died due to bronchitis or pneumonia.1 Each year, an average of 20,000 people die of influenza-related illness in the United States.2 Influenza and pneumonia were the seventh leading cause of death in 2000.3

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