-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Although it can be prevented
with a vaccine, roughly 90 million children worlwide who are
younger than 5 get the flu each year, resulting in about 1 million
hospital admissions, a new study indicates.
Published in the Nov. 11 online edition of
The Lancet, the research also revealed that flu-related pneumonia claimed the lives of up to 111,500 children in 2008. According to the report, 99 percent of these deaths occurred in developing countries.
The study authors based their research on 43 previous studies,
which included information on roughly 8 million children. They also
found that 20 million young children are also diagnosed with
flu-related pneumonia. Of these cases, the researchers added, 7
percent are considered severe.
Harish Nair, of the Center for Population Health Sciences,
Medical School at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and
colleagues suggested that their study should aid in the development
of vaccines and other flu prevention strategies.
"Influenza is the second most common pathogen identified in children with acute lower respiratory infection [pneumonia] and contributes substantially to the burden of hospitalization and mortality in young children," Nair and colleagues wrote in the report. "Our estimates should inform public health policy and vaccine strategy, especially in developing countries."
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