The flu is an acute respiratory disease, with strains that include avian or bird flu, H1N1 "swine flu," and seasonal influenza. RAND tracks influenza vaccination rates in the United States, conducts tabletop exercises to help policymakers simulate an influenza pandemic, and offers toolkits to practitioners and government leaders to aid public health preparedness.

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    Research Brief

    Why Don't More Americans Get the Flu Vaccine?

    Feb 14, 2011

    Seasonal flu can be prevented by annual vaccination, which has proven to be safe and effective, yet vaccination rates among Americans remain low. Strategies to increase vaccination rates need to include stronger efforts to address public skepticism.

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