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Child mortality is higher in the UK than in many other European countries. We have previously compared mortality rates of children under the age of 5 years in the UK with Sweden.1 We, therefore, decided to look at the mortality rates of children between the ages of 5 and 15 years in both countries.
The methodology was similar to that used in our previous paper.1 Child mortality cause-specific data were obtained from the respective National Statistics Offices. Because of the limitations of International Classification of Diseases classification, we used a more clinically useful classification to specifically identify infections.1 Additionally, other respiratory disorders (J98) were analysed and classified clinically. …
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