Influenza epidemiology in patients admitted to sentinel Australian hospitals in 2016: the Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN)

Allen C. Cheng, Mark Holmes, Dominic E. Dwyer, Louis B. Irving, Tony Korman, Sanjaya Senanayake, Kristine Macartney, Christopher C. Blyth, Simon Brown, Grant W. Waterer, Louise Cooley, N. Deborah Friedman, Peter Wark, Graham Simpson, John Upham, Simon Bowler, Stephen Brady, Tom Kotsimbos, Paul M. Kelly

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Abstract

The Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN) is a sentinel hospital-based surveillance program that operates at sites in all states and territories in Australia. This report summarises the epidemiology of hospitalisations with laboratory-confirmed influenza during the 2016 influenza season.

In this observational study, cases were defined as patients admitted to one of the sentinel hospitals with an acute respiratory illness with influenza confirmed by nucleic acid detection. Data are also collected on a frequency matched sample of influenza negative patients admitted with acute respiratory infection as a control group.

During the period 1 April to 30 October 2016 (the 2016 influenza season), there were 1,952 patients admitted with confirmed influenza to one of 17 FluCAN sentinel hospitals. Of these, 46% were elderly (>= 65 years), 18% were children (= 65 years), 51% in non-elderly adults with medical comorbidities and 15% in children (

There were a large number of hospital admissions detected with confirmed influenza in this national observational surveillance system in 2016 with case numbers similar to that reported in 2014 and 2015.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E337-E347
Number of pages11
JournalCommunicable Diseases Intelligence
Volume41
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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Cheng, A. C., Holmes, M., Dwyer, D. E., Irving, L. B., Korman, T., Senanayake, S., Macartney, K., Blyth, C. C., Brown, S., Waterer, G. W., Cooley, L., Friedman, N. D., Wark, P., Simpson, G., Upham, J., Bowler, S., Brady, S., Kotsimbos, T., & Kelly, P. M. (2017). Influenza epidemiology in patients admitted to sentinel Australian hospitals in 2016: the Influenza Complications Alert Network (FluCAN). Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 41(4), E337-E347. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cdi4104-d