Influenza-associated hospitalizations and deaths, Costa Rica, 2009-2012

Guiselle Guzman Saborío, Alexey Clara, Antonio Garcia, Fabio Quesada, Rakhee Palekar, Percy Minaya, Marvin Cervantes, Mariel Lopez, Jenny Lara, Jorge Jara, Natalia Blanco, Joseph Bresee, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner

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Data needed to guide influenza vaccine policies are lacking in tropical countries. We multiplied the number of severe acute respiratory infections by the proportion testing positive for influenza. There were ≈6,699 influenza hospitalizations and 803 deaths in Costa Rica during 2009-2012, supporting continuation of a national influenza vaccine program.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)878-881
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Costa Rica/epidemiology
  • Female
  • History, 21st Century
  • Hospital Mortality
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Influenza, Human/epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Population Surveillance
  • Young Adult


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