Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dead From "Flu"? Probably Not

Ticker always finds interesting little gems.

Flu results in "about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths" worldwide, Wikipedia tells us. "The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States," reports NBC, citing the Centers for Disease Control....

Yeah, but:

... According to the National Vital Statistics System in the U.S., for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just 500 per year -- fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832) and pregnancy and childbirth (825)...  Ticker quoting Journal of Advanced Practice Nursing

Oh, well.  500, 36,000, whassa diff?

The diff?  A helluvalot of flu-vaccine revenues.

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