Letters English mortality from A/H1N1

Comparisons with recent flu mortality

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c612 (Published 02 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c612
  1. Liam J Donaldson, chief medical officer for England1,
  2. Paul D Rutter, clinical adviser1,
  3. Benjamin M Ellis, clinical adviser1,
  4. Felix E C Greaves, clinical adviser1,
  5. Oliver T Mytton, clinical adviser1,
  6. Richard G Pebody, consultant medical epidemiologist2,
  7. Iain E Yardley, clinical adviser1
  1. 1Department of Health, Richmond House, London SW1A 2NS
  2. 2Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
  1. liam.donaldson{at}dh.gsi.gov.uk

    How do the number of deaths from pandemic A/H1N1 compare with influenza related mortality in recent years?1 2

    The official estimate of influenza mortality is produced by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). It is derived from excess (above “expected” level) all cause death registrations in the winter. The estimates for the past five years in England and Wales are: 1965 (2004-5 winter season), 0 (2005-6), …

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