By Boston Children's Hospital
Nov. 5, 2012
Using data from the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) ― an
administrative database of inpatient admissions from 43 not-for-profit,
tertiary care pediatric hospitals in the United States — Randolph,
Eriksson, Uyeki and their team compared diagnosis, treatment and
discharge data on more than 9,800 children hospitalized with a diagnosis
of influenza during the 2009 pandemic against those of nearly 10,200
children hospitalized in total over the three previous flu seasons.
found that while nearly three times as many children were indeed
hospitalized during the pandemic season than would have been expected
based on the previous three seasons, the percent of children put on
mechanical ventilation during the pandemic was much lower than would
have been expected.
Delving deeper, the team also noted that Tamiflu was prescribed much more frequently during the pandemic than other years.