Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Hospital Admissions in Children Younger Than 5 Years in 7 European Countries Using Routinely Collected Datasets.
Reeves RM., van Wijhe M., Tong S., Lehtonen T., Stona L., Teirlinck AC., Fernandez LV., Li Y., Giaquinto C., Fischer TK., Demont C., Heikkinen T., Speltra I., van Boven M., Bøås H., Campbell H., RESCEU Investigators None.
BACKGROUND: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a leading cause of respiratory tract infection (RTI) in young children. Registries provide opportunities to explore RSV epidemiology and burden. METHODS: We explored routinely collected hospital data on RSV in children aged < 5 years in 7 European countries. We compare RSV-associated admission rates, age, seasonality, and time trends between countries. RESULTS: We found similar age distributions of RSV-associated hospital admissions in each country, with the highest burden in children