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Influenza takes an enormous toll on humanity with respect to mortality, hospitalization, and medically attended illness. Despite the licensure of antiviral medications, immunization is the best control measure of influenza. Because patients eligible for influenza vaccine frequent EDs, health care providers working in this arena should offer the vaccine or appropriately recommend and refer patients following current guidelines to sites where the vaccine is obtainable.

Influenza and Influenza Vaccination 2004-2005