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Kathryn Lafond, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta USA.

 

Estimating the global burden of severe disease caused by influenza viruses

Influenza viruses result in widespread infection and disease each year, in both temperate and tropical settings. However, summary statistics on influenza disease burden, such as hospitalizations and deaths, are primarily focused on higher-income temperate countries. This research seeks to synthesize published data on influenza hospitalizations with existing but often unpublished data from countries conducting influenza surveillance in lower- and middle-income settings, including in tropical and sub-tropical climates.  The primary outcomes of the project are meta-analytic estimates of the proportion of acute respiratory hospitalizations attributable to influenza by age group for children and adults, and a comparison of this proportion by country income status. These findings can be used to help identify high-impact and cost-effective strategies for influenza control, including vaccination. The work is being conducted in collaboration with the Influenza Division International Program of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/international/program/.

 

Pubmed link to pediatric paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27011229

 
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