LUNG ALERT: The real impact of influenza?

Rohde, G.
December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004, Vol. 59 Issue 12, p1073
Academic Journal
The article cites a study providing data on national estimates of influenza associated hospital admissions in the US. This is important because previously only data on influenza associated mortality were available, which may incompletely reflect the severity of influenza infections. Taken together, it shows that significant numbers of influenza associated hospital admissions occur among the elderly and that influenza vaccination has a protective effect on mortality in these patients. The increase in winter mortality in elderly people seems particularly related to pre-existing respiratory illness and, surprisingly, female sex.


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