Influenza virus is a leading cause of acute respiratory infection (ARI) worldwide and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality [1-3]. Influenza is an important respiratory pathogen in young children, with the greatest morbidity and rates of hospitalization in young infants [4, 5]. Several features of the biology of the influenza virus allow novel viruses to emerge into the human population, causing pandemics such as the 1918 "Spanish flu" pandemic. In recent years, highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (HPAI) have crossed the species barrier and caused human infections with very high mortality. Of major concern to pediatricians is the fact that severe disease has occurred even in previously healthy children, a phenomenon quite distinct from seasonal influenza. HPAI viruses have the potential to cause a pandemic of virulent influenza that would have far greater effects on children than either seasonal influenza or historical pandemics.
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