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INFLUENZA EPIDEMIOLOGY IN ADULTS ADMITTED TO SENTINEL AUSTRALIAN HOSPITALS IN 2014: THE INFLUENZA COMPLICATIONS ALERT NETWORK (FLUCANCANCAN)

Allen C Cheng, Mark Holmes, Sanjaya Senanayake, Dominic E Dwyer, Saliya Hewagama, Tony Korman, Louis Irving, Simon Brown, Grant W Waterer, Cameron Hunter, N Deborah Friedman, Peter Wark, Graham Simpson, John Upham, Simon Bowler, Kristine Macartney, Chrisopher Blyth, Tom Kotsimbos, Paul Kelly

Communicable Diseases Intelligence | AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT, DEPT HEALTH & AGEING | Published : 2015

Abstract

The Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN) is a sentinel hospital-based surveillance program that operates at sites in all states and territories in Australia. This report summarises the epidemiology of hospitalisations with laboratory-confirmed influenza during the 2014 influenza season. In this observational study, cases were defined as patients admitted to one of the sentinel hospitals with an acute respiratory illness with influenza confirmed by nucleic acid detection. During the period 3 April to 31 October 2014 (the 2014 influenza season), 1,692 adult patients (>16 years) were admitted with confirmed influenza to one of 15 of 17 FluCAN sentinel hospitals (excluding 2 paediatric..

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