Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, August 10th, 2004
The elderly population is one of the groups hardest hit during outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as influenza, due to a decrease in immune system function with age. High mortality rates in humans over the age of sixty-five continue to challenge vaccinologists to explore new means of improving immune responses to the flu virus vaccine.
"During influenza epidemics, the rate of hospitalization in the elderly is high, with up to a 90% mortality rate," said the researchers, writing in the Journal of...
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