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Vaccine

Relative timing of influenza disease by age group.


PMID 25280434

Abstract

A detailed understanding of influenza movement in communities during yearly epidemics is needed to inform improved influenza control programs. We sought to determine the relative timing of influenza presentation and symptom onset by age group and influenza strain. Prospective, laboratory-confirmed surveillance was performed over three moderate influenza seasons in emergency departments and inpatient settings of both medical centers in Winston-Salem, NC. Influenza disease presented first in school age children through community epidemics of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B, and first in persons 5-49 years old for influenza A(H3N2). This finding indicates that influenza prevention in persons 5-49 years of age may be particularly important in influenza epidemic control.