Winter respiratory viruses and health care use: a population-based study in the northwest United States.

@article{Neuzil2003WinterRV,
  title={Winter respiratory viruses and health care use: a population-based study in the northwest United States.},
  author={Kathleen M Neuzil and Charles Maynard and Marie R. Griffin and Patrick J. Heagerty},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2003},
  volume={37 2},
  pages={201-7}
}
To quantify health care use among adults during influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) seasons, we identified a cohort of veterans aged >or=18 years who used Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in Oregon and Washington states as their source of health care. During 1998-2000, veterans accrued 237,159 person-years of follow-up. Using VA data sources, we measured acute cardiopulmonary hospitalizations and primary care and urgent care visits. Differences between rates of study… CONTINUE READING