As part of our Prevention in an ageing world programme, we have been investigating the scale and future trends of selected non-communicable and communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, lung cancer, HIV and influenza) among people aged 50 and over.

In this report we explore, in more detail, the case for action to prevent influenza (flu) among older people.

We have conservatively estimated that among people aged 50 and over in better off countries:

  • Up to 91 million people get flu each year.

And among those aged 50-64:

  • Flu cost around 159 million working days in 2018.
  • The economic impact of flu in lost productivity is equivalent to USD 39 billion.


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