Clinical and socio-economic impact of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infection on healthy children and their households

S. Esposito, R. Gasparini, S. Bosis, P. Marchisio, C. Tagliabue, S. Tosi, C. Bianchi, P. Crovari, Nicola Principi

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Abstract

This prospective study compared the clinical and socio-economic impact of laboratory-confirmed influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection on healthy children and their families. Among 1520 otherwise healthy children aged <15 years attending the Emergency Department for acute conditions other than trauma, influenza viruses and RSV were found in 234 (15.4%) and 116 (7.6%; p <0.0001) patients, respectively. The fact that influenza has a similar global clinical impact on the community to that of RSV infection, but represents a greater socio-economic burden, may contribute to broadening the acceptance of influenza vaccination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-936
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Volume11
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Epidemiology
  • Influenza
  • Respiratory sycyntial virus
  • Socio-economic impact
  • Virus infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology

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