Universal Vaccination Associated with Reductions in Influenza-related Deaths, Hospitalizations and Doctor Visits

October 29, 2008

A long-awaited Canadian study on the effectiveness of universal vaccination for seasonal influenza was published by Canadian researchers yesterday in the open access journal PLoS Medicine. The study was led by Dr. Jeff Kwong, a CIHR-funded researcher at the
Institute of
Clinical and Evaluative Sciences and an assistant professor at the
University of
Toronto
.

The
province of
Ontario in
Canada has the world’s only universal vaccination program. Kwong and his colleagues examined the effect of
Ontario
’s universal vaccination program on influenza-related mortality and use of healthcare services relative to other Canadian provinces, which have targeted vaccination programs. These researchers found that universal vaccination was associated with reductions in influenza-related deaths, hospitalizations and doctor visits. To read this paper, CLICK HERE.