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May 21, 2003

Estimating Deaths Due to Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial VirusEstimating Deaths Due to Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(19):2499-2502. doi:10.1001/jama.289.19.2499-a

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

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