Hospital stays for young adults with flu shot up in England in 2009

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 23 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2234
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Hospitalisation rates for young adults with influenza were 37 times higher in the autumn of 2009—when the H1N1 strain was predominant—than for the same period in the previous year, the latest figures for hospitals in England show.

    Speaking at a briefing to reflect on the lessons learnt from the H1N1 outbreak, one year after it first emerged in Mexico, Peter Openshaw, director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, reported that adults aged 17 to 39 years with flu accounted for 6253 hospital bed days during October to December 2009, compared with 169 in the same period in 2008.

    “These figures show the remarkable impact of the H1N1 virus,” he said, adding that the pandemic behaved in a very different way from seasonal flu, which would …

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