ED chief complaint and discharge diagnosis data accessed through a syndromic surveillance system can be used for effective, timely monitoring of RSV hospitalizations in children < 5 years old and may be a more efficient and complete means of monitoring seasonality of RSV activity by region and statewide compared to hospital-based laboratory data reporting. Additionally, this surveillance technique can efficiently monitor RSV activity as well as estimate hospital admissions due to RSV and may be a useful approach for other states with syndromic surveillance systems.
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