Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Thompson and colleagues1 presented a model that uses influenza and RSV surveillance
data to estimate virus-associated mortality. The authors propose that this
model replace Serfling-type models, which have been used for 40 years to estimate
deaths attributed to influenza by subtracting a model-generated baseline from
observed winter deaths.2,3
Simonsen L, Blackwelder WC, Reichert TA, Miller MA. Estimating Deaths Due to Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial VirusEstimating Deaths Due to Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus. JAMA. 2003;289(19):2499-2502. doi:10.1001/jama.289.19.2499-a