Who is affected

Because of the success of the Hib vaccination programme,epiglottitis is rare in the UK, andmost cases now occur in adults.Deaths from epiglottitis arealso rare, occurring inless than 1 in 100 cases.

During 2013-14,around 600 people were admitted to hospitals in England with acute epiglottitis.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018