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U.S. Adults 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, According to New Report
Date:4/3/2009

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  • Influenza kills an average of 36,000 people annually and is associated with over $10 billion in costs with a moderately severe seasonal outbreak.
  • Pertussis, with an estimated one to three million cases each year, can lead to pneumonia and exposure of infants, who are at greatest risk of death from pertussis.
  • Pneumococcal disease, which causes pneumonia and invasive infections, kills approximately 5,000 annually.
  • HPV infects more than 6 million females per year; two HPV strains included in the vaccine cause 70 percent of all cervical cancers.
  • Shingles will affect one in three Americans in their lifetime. The accompanying severe pain syndrome (post-herpetic neuralgia) may last months or years after the shingles rash heals.
  • Hepatitis B-related liver disease kills about 5,000 Americans and costs $700 million annually.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501c3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' Adult Immunization Initiative

NFID's adult immunization initiative is an educational program aimed at increasing awareness among patients, providers and the media about the role of adult vaccination in preventing dangerous infectious diseases.

NFID's adult immunization initiative is made possible through unrestricted educational grants to NFID from GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, sanofi pasteur and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

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