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Burden of Influenza
The burden of influenza on communities worldwide is uneven, because the annual disease epidemics vary considerably in severity.1
Of these, 20 million are associated with acute lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI), one million of which are severe in nature.1
The median age at admission.2
Children aged <5 years are especially vulnerable to influenza, particularly that caused by seasonal viruses, and vaccination in this group can be an effective strategy for reducing disease.1
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone ages six months and older.3
- Ruf B, Knuf M. The burden of seasonal and pandemic influenza in infants and children. European Journal of Pediatrics. 2013;173(3):265-276.
- Al Subaie S, Al Saadi M. Features associated with severe disease in hospitalized children with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) infection at a university hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Annals of Saudi Medicine. 2012;32(1):53-58.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2019. Flu (Influenza) and the Vaccine. [online] Available at: [Accessed 31 August 2021].