H1N1 in Children

Friday, January 8th, 2010
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

According to the World Health Organization, as of the end of 2009, rates of hospitalization in North America for H1N1 among cases aged 5-17 years and 18-49 years far exceeded rates observed during recent influenza seasons, while rates of hospitalizations among cases aged >65 years were far lower. In this issue of the DM Update, learn how age, symptoms and other factors affect the transmission of the flu, how H1N1 affects children with sickle cell disease, and whether school closures are an effective way to control influenza epidemics.

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