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The Importance of Influenza Vaccination—Reply

Peter Doshi, PhD1
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1Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):645-646. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11170.
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In Reply My article aimed to show that many basic assumptions and claims underlying the annual campaign to vaccinate against influenza do not stand up to critical review.1 I am grateful that the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) responded to my article, but disappointed that they did not examine the data underlying their positions, which are to my knowledge consistent with those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—and equally problematic.

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April 1, 2014
Hilary M. Babcock, MD; John A. Jernigan, MD, MS; David A. Relman, MD
1Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
2Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Arlington, Virginia
3Infectious Disease Society of America, Arlington, Virginia
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):644-645. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11174.
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