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Influenza-related death most common in children younger than 2 years

Influenza-related death most common in children younger than 2 years
April 27, 2017

ATLANTA — The highest mortality rate regarding influenza-related pediatric death occurs most frequently in children younger than 2 years of age, with minimal vaccination coverage observed within this demographic, according to research published at the 2017 Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference.

To depict influenza-associated pediatric deaths that occurred after the 2009 pandemic, Mei Shang, MBBS, MPH, from the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development at the CDC and colleagues analyzed data concerning pediatric deaths reported to CDC in children younger than 18 years of age with lab-confirmed influenza from the 2010-2011 season to the 2014-2015 season. Data examined included information on demographic characteristics, medical conditions, lab testing and clinical diagnosis.

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