Influenza pandemic preparedness
Influenza pandemics, whether mild, moderate or severe, affect a large proportion of the population and require a multisectoral response over several months or even years. For this reason, countries develop plans describing their strategies for responding to a pandemic supported by operational plans at national and subnational levels.
Questions and answers on influenza pandemics
A pandemic is the rapid spread of a new human influenza around the world. Influenza pandemics happen when a new strain of a flu virus appears which can infect humans, to which most people have no immunity and which can transmit efficiently from human to human.
Joint ECDC and WHO/Europe annual influenza meeting, 2012Archived
On 30 May - 1 June 2012, ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) jointly held their second Annual Influenza Working Meeting in Warsaw, Poland. The main work undertaken by delegates in over 20 sessions and 70 talks and discussions was reviewing progress in the last 12 months and agreeing on the work for the coming year.
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.
Risk assessment: seasonal influenza 2011-2012 in Europe
The virological influenza pattern observed was not consistent enough to make a clear prediction for the 2011-2012 season in Europe. In general, the findings on the impact of influenza in the southern hemisphere in 2011 were reassuring for Europe, and the match of the A(H3N2) viruses with the vaccine was considered good.
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.
Global Review of recent Antiviral Resistance dataArchived
Each year in February WHO convenes a meeting with advisers from the WHO Influenza Collaborating Centres and Essential Reference laboratories in order to achieve consensus and advise WHO on the optimal formulation of seasonal influenza vaccines for the next influenza season.
Pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 – the experience and pressure on Intensive Care Units (ICU’s) - implications for specialists in critical careArchived
The journal Critical Care Medicine has recently published a supplement of open access articles on the experience in intensive care units during the 2009 pandemic of influenza.
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 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.