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Young Children Hospitalized for Flu Associated With Higher Costs and Higher Risk Illness
Date:4/30/2008

Importance of Preventive Flu Shots for Children and Their Contacts Underscored by Research Led by Cincinnati Children's and Presented at PAS

CINCINNATI, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The high costs of hospitalizing young children for influenza creates a significant economic burden in the United States, underscoring the importance of preventive flu shots for children and the people with whom they have regular contact, according to research led by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and presented May 4 at the Pediatric Academic Society annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.

After analyzing data in three U.S. cities over the course of three flu seasons (2003-2006), the researchers found that 90 percent of the highest-cost hospitalizations for children were linked to influenza, or flu with a co-infection of the respiratory tract. Children with the highest-cost visits were more likely to have high-risk conditions, emphasizing the importance of having these children immunized, said Gerry Fairbrother, Ph.D., a researcher in the Center for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Care Policy at Cincinnati Children's and senior author of the study.

Contributing most to the highest-cost hospitalizations were stays in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 65 percent of high-cost visits requiring ICU stays. Fifty-nine percent of children hospitalized for flu who also had high risk conditions spent time in the ICU, compared to 23 percent of children without high-risk conditions.

"Our study emphasizes the importance of ensuring that children and people they are in regular contact with be immunized for flu. It's vital to protect their health and to avoid the high costs of hospitalizations that are preventable," said Mary Staat, M.D., Ph.D., a physician and researcher in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children's and study co-author.

In the study, researchers identified children under the age of 5 years who were hospitalized with influenza between 2003 and 2006. Identification came through active population-based acute respiratory surveillance programs in Hamilton County, Ohio, Monroe County, N.Y., and Davidson County, Tenn. Direct medical costs for hospital visits were obtained through respective accounting databases. In cases where children fell among the top 10 percent for the cost of hospitalization, the researchers reviewed medical records to identify factors driving those costs and to determine if they were related to the influenza. The researchers identified 199 flu-related hospitalizations involving children with an average age of 12 months. The average cost of hospitalization per patient was $5,448.

In addition to Cincinnati Children's, the study included researchers from the School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.; School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., and the New Vaccine Surveillance Network. The study was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The PAS meeting is the largest international meeting focused on research in child health. It is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, one of the leading pediatric research institutions in the nation, is dedicated to changing the outcome for children throughout the world. Cincinnati Children's ranks second among all pediatric institutions in the United States in grants from the National Institutes of Health. It has an established tradition of research excellence, with discoveries including the Sabin oral polio vaccine, the surfactant preparation that saves the lives of thousands of premature infants each year, and a rotavirus vaccine that saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of infants around the world each year. Current strategic directions include the translation of basic laboratory research into the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of disease, and furthering the development of personalized and predictive medicine. Additional information can be found at http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org.


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