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Children hospitalized with influenza during the 2006-2007 season : a report from the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT) Burton, C.; Vaudry, Wendy; Moore, D.; Scheifele, David W.; Bettinger, Julie A.; Halperin, Scott A.; Tam, T.; Law, B. J.


Influenza infection is common among children and is associated with significant morbidity. Although the majority of children with influenza infection present with respiratory symptoms and fever, influenza can cause central nervous system (CNS), cardiac, renal or hepatic complications(1-7). During infl uenza season, the rate of hospitalization for cardiorespiratory illness in healthy young children, especially those < 6 months of age, approaches that of high-risk adults(8-10). The burden of influenza infection is greatest in the youngest children; recent studies have reported hospitalization rates attributable to laboratory-confirmed-influenza in healthy children of 2.5 to 4.5 per 1,000 in children < 6 months of age and 0.9 to 1.2 per 1,000 in those aged 6 to 23 months (11-16).

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