Trends for Influenza-related Deathsduring Pandemic and Epidemic Seasons, Italy, 1969–2001

Caterina Rizzo*, Antonio Bella, Cecile Viboud, Lone Simonsen, Mark Miller, Maria Cristina Rota, Stefania Salmaso, Marta Luisa Ciofi degli Atti

*Corresponding author

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Age-specific patterns of death from influenza vary, depending on whether the influenza season is epidemic or pandemic. We assessed age patterns and geographic trends in monthly influenza-related deaths in Italy from 1969 through 2001, focusing on differences between epidemic and pandemic seasons. We evaluated age-standardized excess deaths from pneumonia and influenza and from all causes, using a modified version of a cyclical Serfling model. Excess deaths were highest for elderly persons in all seasons except the influenza A (H3N2) pandemic season (1969-70), when rates were greater for younger persons, confirming a shift toward death of younger persons during pandemic seasons. When comparing northern, central, and southern Italy, we found a high level of synchrony in the amplitude of peaks of influenza-related deaths.
TidsskriftEmerging Infectious Diseases
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)694-699
StatusUdgivet - 2007
Udgivet eksterntJa

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