Around the world, approximately 90 million children get influenza each year. Of these cases, around 1 million are hospitalized.
Prior to World Pneumonia Day (Sat 12 Nov) a study published Online First in The Lancet for the first time provides global estimates of seasonal influenza in children below the age of five years and the resultant burden of influenza-related pneumonia. According to the study, the researchers estimate that globally approximately 90 million children contract seasonal flu each year, resulting in around 1 million hospital admissions and almost 111,500 deaths due to influenza-related pneumonia, with 99% of these deaths occurring in developing countries.
Because researchers cannot fully explain the pediatric pneumonia burden based on recent estimates of global pneumonia incidence and mortality linked to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenza type b, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), they needed to investigate the role of other pathogens, such as the influenza virus, which is linked to a large but unknown number of hospital admissions in young children… continue reading
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