Impact of influenza infection on children's hospital admissions during two seasons in Athens, Greece.

@article{Sakkou2011ImpactOI,
  title={Impact of influenza infection on children's hospital admissions during two seasons in Athens, Greece.},
  author={Z. Sakkou and Fotini Stripeli and Nikolaos G. Papadopoulos and Elena Critselis and Vasillis Georgiou and Maria Mavrikou and P Drossatou and Andreas Constantopoulos and Dimitrios A. Kafetzis and Mariza Tsolia},
  journal={Vaccine},
  year={2011},
  volume={29 6},
  pages={1167-72}
}
A prospective epidemiologic surveillance of hospitalizations associated with influenza was conducted in order to calculate population-based hospitalization rates. Eligible children were 6 months to 13 years of age and were admitted to one of the two large children's hospitals in the Athens area during two influenza seasons. Nasopharyngeal aspirates were tested for influenza by a polymerase reaction assay. Influenza accounted for 9.9-11.8% of all admissions during the influenza season and the… CONTINUE READING