The programme covers the three groups of influenza affecting humans:
• Seasonal influenza;
• Pandemic viruses;
• Zoonotic influenzas.
Other respiratory viruses, such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) 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.
- 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.
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