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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004 Jan 2;52(51-52):1254-5.

Update: influenza-associated deaths reported among children aged <18 years--United States, 2003-04 influenza season.


Since October, 42 influenza-associated deaths among children aged <18 years have been reported to CDC. All patients had influenza virus infection detected by rapid antigen testing or other laboratory testing methods. This report describes preliminary findings based on data provided from multiple states, as of December 17, 2003. To improve surveillance, CDC has requested that all influenza-associated deaths of children aged <18 years be reported to CDC through state health departments.

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