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Vaccine. 2001 Sep 14;19(32):4791-4.

Hospital admissions for pertussis in Spain, 1995-1998.

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Department of Health Sciences, Rey Juan Carlos University, Avda de Atenas s/n, 28922 Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain.


This epidemiological survey was undertaken to estimate the annual burden of hospitalizations for pertussis in Spain during a four-year period 1995-1998. Data were obtained from the national surveillance system for hospital data. All hospital discharges for pertussis (ICD-9- CM 033) were analyzed. The annual incidence of hospitalization for pertussis was 1.7 per 100,000 population. Eighty-nine percent of the cases were < 1 year of age (incidence of 78 per 100,000) and 95% were < or =5 years of age (incidence of 28 per 100,000). During the study period, 14 deaths were reported among patients hospitalized by pertussis. Despite of the high immunization rates, many pertussis cases occur each year, mostly of them among very young children.

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