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The Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses Programme

The programme covers the three groups of influenza affecting humans:

• Seasonal influenza;
• Pandemic viruses;
• Animal influenzas;
 
Other respiratory viruses, such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, are also covered, as are related areas such as surveillance, pandemic preparedness & response, prevention, virology and laboratory issues, influenza vaccination and use of antivirals for public health purposes.
 

Aims:

The Programme aims to support European Bodies and Member States in the enactment of European Council Recommendations and Communications on seasonal influenza immunisation and pandemic preparedness so that Europe achieves:
  • a decrease in morbidity and mortality due to seasonal influenza, especially through increased national and individual use of immunisation and better use of personal health measures;
  • improved preparedness for a pandemic at regional (European), Member State and local level, drawing on guidance from WHO and lessons learnt from the 2009 pandemic; 
  • a robust scientific base for the mitigation of influenza in Europe, including a balanced and relevant research programme.
 

Contact:

To contact the programme and subscribe to ECDC updates on influenza and other respiratory viruses, please write to: influenza@ecdc.europa.eu
 
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