Deaths from Flu


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Deaths from Flu: 63,730 annual deaths for influenza and pneumonia (NVSR Sep 2001); estimated 20,000 deaths from flu (NIAID)
Cause of death rank: 7th leading cause of death in 1999 and 2000 is "pneumonia/influenza" (CDC)
Deaths information for Flu: An estimated 100,000 hospitalizations and about 20,000 deaths occur each year from the flu or its complications.1 ... average of 20,000 to 40,000 deaths per year.2 ... in the United States more than 100,000 people are hospitalized and more than 20,000 people die from the flu and its complications every year.3 ... In an average year, flu leads to about 20,000 deaths nationwide and many more hospitalizations.4
Average life years lost from Flu: 9.5 years for pneumonia/influenza (SEER)5; 10.9 for pneumonia/influenza in North Carolina6; 4.3 average YPLL/person for pneumonia and influenza in Michigan7.

Death statistics for Flu: The following are statistics from various sources about deaths and Flu:

  • 36,655 female deaths for Influenza and Pneumonia in the USA 2000 (American Heart Association, 2002)
  • 257 people died from influenza each year in the US 2001 (Deaths: Final data for 2001, NCHS, CDC)
  • 0.1 people per 100,000 population died from influenza each year in the US 2001 (Deaths: Final data for 2001, NCHS, CDC)
  • Death statistics by age in the USA for influenza and pneumonia:
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 2.5% of deaths for age 1-4 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.3% of deaths for age 5-9 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.1% of deaths for age 10-14 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 0.5% of deaths for age 15-19 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 0.6% of deaths for age 20-24 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.2% of deaths for age 35-44 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.1% of deaths for age 45-54 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 3.2% of deaths for age 65 and over years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.5% of deaths for age 65-74 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 2.7% of deaths for age 75-84 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 4.8% of deaths for age 85 and over in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
  • Death statistics by race in the USA for influenza and pneumonia:
    • 19.2 per 100,000 women for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 20.5 per 100,000 Hispanic/Latino people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 21.7 per 100,000 white people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 22.5 per 100,000 American Indian or Alaska Native people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 24.1 per 100,000 black people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 26.6 per 100,000 men for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 3.5 per 100,000 Asian/Pacific Islander people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 43.7 per 100,000 people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
  • Death statistics in Australia for pneumonia and influenza:
    • 1,353 men died from pneumonia and influenza in Australia 2002 (AIHW National Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 1,731 women died from pneumonia and influenza in Australia 2002 (AIHW National Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 2.0% of all male deaths was due to pneumonia and influenza in Australia 2002 (AIHW National Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 2.7% of all female deaths was due to pneumonia and influenza in Australia 2002 (AIHW National Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 3.6% of all deaths were from pneumonia and influenza in Australia in 1988 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)
    • 2,530 female deaths from pneumonia and influenza in Australia in 1988 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)
    • 4,579 deaths from pneumonia and influenza in Australia in 1988 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)
    • 2,049 male deaths were from pneumonia and influenza in Australia in 1988 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)

Deaths from Flu: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to death from Flu:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Focus On The Flu: NIAID
2. excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health - Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID
3. excerpt from The Flu, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID
4. excerpt from What to Do About the Flu - Age Page - Health Information: NIA
5. SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2000, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
6. Years of Potential Life Lost in North Carolina, NCMJ March/April 2002, Volume 63, Number 2
7. Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, MDCH, Michigan, USA

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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