Why is this Important?
Influenza, or the "flu," is a respiratory illness that is caused by flu viruses and easily spread from person to person. There are over 200,000 hospitalizations from the flu on average every year. An average of 36,000 Americans die annually due to the flu and its complications. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot each year during the fall season. Because flu viruses change from year to year, it is important to get a flu shot each year. Higher percentages are better.
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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.
Data reported are based on discharges from 2nd Quarter 2012 through 1st Quarter 2013