WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the composition of the trivalent influenza vaccine for the southern hemisphere winter 2018 influenza season in a report published 28 September 2017.
Influenza season 2010/11 – Norway’s risk assessment and revisited vaccine recommendationsArchived
An important conclusion from this process is that the current situation, with B viruses dominating (80%), is likely to continue through the season.
Influenza A(H1N1)2009 and vascular thrombosis - report of a case seriesArchived
This retrospective cohort study, carried out in two hospitals in Toronto , Canada, looked for thrombotic events in all hospitalised patients with confirmed pandemic A(H1N1)2009 influenza. It then went on to describe the nature of these vascular events and the associated factors. The publication has single illustrative a case report and a case series with a retrospective cohort study.
ECDC – VAESCO investigation into narcolepsyArchived
This initiative was taken following the indication of a potential association between the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) monvalent vaccine and the occurrence of narcolepsy following reports, especially in children from Finland and Sweden.
Two Influenza Education Innovations from the United StatesArchived
Details of two innovative initiatives designed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase awareness of influenza and seasonal influenza were recently published on the CDC website.
Influenza vaccine: selection of strains to be included in the seasonal vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere 2011-2012 – Early indications of seasonal vaccine effectiveness in EuropeArchived
This recommendation for the Northern Hemisphere is the same as for the season 2010-2011 and for the Southern Hemisphere season.
Reports of cases of narcolepsy and cataplexy in children and adolescents in Finland, Iceland, and SwedenArchived
In February 2011, ECDC published a report concerning a rise in narcolepsy in children and adolescents in some northern countries.
Influenza Innovation: Santa Claus is coming to town ….during the flu season - an influenza education and communication campaign from HungaryArchived
This winter celebration usually coincides with the winter flu season. As transmission frequently happens among children, it is important to prepare carefully for such events during the flu season to prevent the spread of influenza virus among the particip