Lower respiratory tract infection hospitalisations in 0-4 year olds increase to 9968 in 2022, up from 9415 in 2021

We have published the latest results from our Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (LRTI) surveillance report.

Here are the main findings:

  • The number of LRTI hospitalisations among 0-4 year olds increased from 9415 in 2021 to 9968 in 2022.
  • LRTI hospitalisations during winter returned to pre-COVID levels, but hospitalisations stayed high throughout the remainder of 2022, compared to 2019 levels.
  • Infants (under one-year-old) continue to have the highest LRTI hospitalisation rates, but the rate for 1-year-olds (4546.8 per 100,000) was the highest recorded since 2001.
  • Pacific children had three times the rate of LRTI hospitalisations as European/Other children in 2022.

 You can read the full surveillance report here.