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March 1919


Author Affiliations

From the Babies' Hospital of the City of New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1919;17(3):165-173. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1919.04110270002001

When the present pandemic of influenza made its appearance along the Atlantic seaboard there was a general impression that children were not affected by the disease. This may have been justified at the very outset when the epidemic was limited to the military camps. As soon as the disease spread to the civilian population, however, cases among children of all ages became numerous. Thus, Dr. Hatfield1 found that there were 50 subjects under 5 years of age among 339 patients treated in the contagious hospitals of New York City, or an incidence of 16 per cent. At the Babies' Hospital infants ill with influenza came for admission during the last week in September. From Oct. 1 to Nov. 15, 1918, 36 cases of "bronchopneumonia with influenza" were admitted, while during the same six weeks in 1917 only seven such cases presented themselves. This year (1918) 52 children came into

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