CDC Collaborative Study: Influenza Important Cause of Respiratory Hospitalizations Worldwide
A study by CDC authors and global partners published today in the journal PLOS Medicine looked at influenza surveillance data from 350 sites in 60 countries and found that influenza was responsible for about 10% of respiratory hospitalizations in all children younger than 18 years worldwide, with a range by age group of 5% to 16%. The highest proportion of respiratory hospitalizations attributed to flu occurred among children 5 years to 17 years of age. The study is the first to look at global flu-associated hospitalizations in that age group.
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