Numbers: Oct. 18, 2004

48 million Number of doses of flu vaccine that were removed from the U.S. market out of 100 million total

36,000 Average number of annual flu deaths in the U.S.

28,800 Estimated number of Vioxx users in the U.S. who because of safety concerns switched to another drug within 24 hours of Merck's announcing its Vioxx recall

58% Percentage of those people who switched to Celebrex or Bextra, Pfizer drugs in the same class whose safety has also been questioned

96,000 New jobs created in September, compared with a predicted 150,000

12,500 Jobs AT&T expects to eliminate in 2004, more than...