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      • Bueving H.J.
      • Thomas S.
      • Wouden J.C.
      Is influenza vaccination in asthma helpful?.
      CDC
      Prevention and control of influenza: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
      reveals that individuals with asthma represent a high-risk population for influenza. As a result, they also represent an appropriate target for influenza vaccination. In this issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Trogdon et al.
      • Trogdon J.G.
      • Nurmagambetov T.A.
      • Thompson H.F.
      The economic implications of influenza vaccination for adults with asthma.
      use Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data and state-of-the-art econometric methods to analyze the effect of influenza vaccination on medical care utilization and expenditures for acute and chronic respiratory conditions (ACRC) within the adult population with asthma.
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