Do People Taking Flu Vaccines Need Them the Most?

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The Influenza Dilemma:
A Comprehensive Analysis of: “Do People Taking Flu Vaccines Need Them the Most?”
According to the CDC, the flu is “a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and often occurring in epidemics.” The flu causes a large number of hospitalizations and excess death per year, and there have been continuous debates over in the U.S. over the necessity of flu immunization and the financial burden of providing health services such as the flu vaccine. Every year vaccinations are made available, but are considered optional. However, a study conducted by Quian Gu, and Neraj Sood, observed the association between the dangers of the flu infection and the likelihood of getting immunized. The study concluded that those with socio-economic disadvantages and unhealthy lifestyles were less likely to get immunized, and by collecting scientific data nationally, the study found that flu immunizations were consistent with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) “High Priority” model of vaccination—those participating in the study who were labeled as a high priority for influenza vaccinations were more likely to receive them than others.
Within the study, the demographics of the participants were made available, including gender, age, race and ethnicity, marital status, and educational and employment status. Special consideration and statistical analysis was conducted for those in the High
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