Prevention Influenza is Cheaper than Cure
A study had published in the magazine "New England Journal of MEDICINE" the cost of influenza infections are very high, indicating that the vaccination campaign in general can be more economical.
Inspected by researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville (the state of Tennessee) the cost of the flu over the 19-year-old from the files of children under the age of 15 years, taking into account the cost of entry to the hospital and regular consultations both in the hospital or doctor''s office in addition to medicine.
Dr. Marie Griffin Said, preventive medicine specialist, "We know that about 30% of children infected with influenza every year, which transferred at the age of the study of infection in the area in which they live." She added that the risk of introducing the infant to the hospital can be very large compared to the danger faced by the elderly. As for the children who are still at the age of the study, the incidences of admission to the hospital were rare, but these patients require a lot of attention. The authors of the study counted ten medical consultations per year per one hundred children, because of the flu or ear infections following the flu, adding that more than half of those consultations end as antibiotics for the patient. The result is a child of his absence from the flu and a shortage of school-day work of people charged with their care.
At a time when health officials to reduce antibiotic prescriptions in order to avoid the spread of bacterial resistance "that could contribute to immunization against the viruses that infect the respiratory system to a large extent in reducing the consumption of those drugs."
The clinical trials showed that influenza vaccination reduces by 20 to 30% of cases of inflammation-itis addressed antibiotics.