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Death rate from pneumonia and flu rises significantly with age

The death rate from pneumonia and influenza is close to 130 times higher in people age 85 and older, compared to people ages 45 to 54. This increased risk due to age is even higher than that seen in heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other leading causes of death.

Gorina, Yelena, Tanika Kelly, James Lubitz, and Zahiyah Hines. Trends in Influenza and Pneumonia Among Older Persons in the United States. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; February 2008. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/agingtrends/08influenza.pdf

Reference

Title
Trends in Influenza and Pneumonia Among Older Persons in the United States
Publisher
National Center for Health Statistics
Publication Date
February 2008
Authors
Gorina, Yelena, Tanika Kelly, James Lubitz, and Zahiyah Hines
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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