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Influenza and Pneumonia Data Trends, California 2000-2007

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 At a Glance

  • In 2007, influenza and pneumonia ranked as the 8th leading cause of death in California.
  • The age-adjusted death rate for influenza and pneumonia per 100,000 California residents in 2007 was 18.8, which represents a 35.6 percent decrease from a rate of 29.2 in 2000.
  • Blacks had the highest age-adjusted death rate for influenza and pneumonia, followed by Whites, Asians, and Hispanics during this period.
  • Both female and male age-adjusted death rates for influenza and pneumonia significantly declined from 2000 through 2007.
  • Influenza and Pneumonia deaths increased with age. Approximately 50 percent of all deaths occurred among California residents 85 and older; this increased to over 90 percent when measured from age 65.
  • Out of the 32 California counties that had reliable age-adjusted rates for each study year, 20 counties showed a statistically significant decrease in their influenza and pneumonia rates, while 12 counties did not show any statistically significant change.

The graph below illustrates a decrease in the U.S. and California age-adjusted death rates from 2000 to 2007.  Although the difference decreased over time, California age-adjusted death rates remained slightly higher than the national age-adjusted death rates during this period.

Influenza and Pneumonia Age-Adjusted Death Rates for California and U.S.

This report was authored by Alicia Van Hoy, MA, Research Analyst II.  Please contact DAReports@cdph.ca.gov for further information.

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At a Glance
Background
California Total Population
Male and Female Populations
Race/Ethnic Group Differences 
Sex Differences within Race/Ethnic Groups
County of Residence Populations 
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Technical Notes  
References 
Vital Statistics Query System 

Helpful Resources
 California Department of Public Health
 Center for Disease Control and Prevention , Influenza
 American Lung Association: Influenza and Pneumonia

 
 
Last modified on: 11/20/2014 10:25 AM