Comparative community burden and severity of seasonal and pandemic influenza: results of the Flu Watch cohort study.

  title={Comparative community burden and severity of seasonal and pandemic influenza: results of the Flu Watch cohort study.},
  author={Andrew C Hayward and Ellen B Fragaszy and Alison Bermingham and Li-li Wang and Andrew J Copas and W. John Edmunds and Neil M. Ferguson and Nilu Goonetilleke and Gabrielle Harvey and Jana Kovar and Megan Su Cheng Lim and Andrew J McMichael and Elizabeth R. C. Millett and Jonathan S Nguyen-Van-Tam and Irwin Nazareth and Richard Pebody and Faiza Tabassum and John Martin Watson and Fatima B Wurie and Anne M Johnson and Maria C. Zambon},
  journal={The Lancet. Respiratory medicine},
  volume={2 6},
BACKGROUND Assessment of the effect of influenza on populations, including risk of infection, illness if infected, illness severity, and consultation rates, is essential to inform future control and prevention. We aimed to compare the community burden and severity of seasonal and pandemic influenza across different age groups and study years and gain insight into the extent to which traditional surveillance underestimates this burden. METHODS Using preseason and postseason serology, weekly… CONTINUE READING
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