Statistically Speaking

After a contamination of flu shots in the United Kingdom closed one source of the vaccines to the United States, America is left with enough flu shots to meet only half of the national demand. Officials are requesting that the shots be reserved for the elderly, children, and other high-risk groups. Here are statistics on influenza vaccines in the United States:

Flu shots in demand this year in the United States:

Shots available for U.S. consumption:

Average deaths caused annually in the U.S. by flu and flu-related complications:

Companies that produced flu vaccines for the United States in 1974:

Companies that make the same vaccines for the U.S. today:

Cost paid by pharmaceutical company Aventis Pasteur per dose in 1996:

Cost paid by Aventis Pasteur per dose this year: