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Increase in flu mortality between 1970 and 1990

Mortality from influenza increased from between 7,000 and 32,000 annual deaths in the 1970s, to between 36,000 and 72,000 annual deaths in the 1990s.

Thompson W, Shay D, Weintraub E, Brammer L, et al. Mortality Associated with Influenza and Respiratory Synctial Virus in the United States. JAMA. 2003; 289(2): 179-86. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=195750

Reference

Title
Mortality Associated with Influenza and Respiratory Synctial Virus in the United States
Publication
JAMA
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Thompson W, Shay D, Weintraub E, Brammer L, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 289, Issue 2
Pages
179-86
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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