6th Joint WHO/Europe–ECDC Annual European Influenza Surveillance Meeting

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6 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark
ECDC, WHO Regional Office for Europe

The joint annual influenza surveillance meeting by ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe will take place on 6 - 8 June 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Invited participants are epidemiological and virological surveillance experts nominated by national health authorities as well as representatives from international institutions, covering the 53 countries of the EU/EEA and the WHO European region. The meeting is by invitation only.

WHO/Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinate surveillance activities related to the prevention and control of influenza in the WHO European Region. Since 2011, the two institutions have jointly organized annual meetings focused on epidemiological and virological aspects of influenza surveillance, seasonal influenza vaccination, and the global situation regarding outbreaks of avian influenza and other emerging respiratory pathogens. This is the sixth Joint Annual Meeting for the 53 Member States of the Region’s influenza network.

The aim of the Meeting is to discuss technical and operational issues related to influenza surveillance, seasonal influenza vaccination programmes, and risk assessment and outbreak response. Topics will be derived from work that was prioritized during previous annual meetings. Participants will discuss progress in the implementation of new surveillance systems as well as the strengths of existing systems in the light of their contribution to Flu News Europe and to influenza-season risk assessments.

In addition, this year’s Meeting will reflect on 2 significant events: the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic and the first decade of the Region’s influenza network, which was launched in 2008. To reflect the significance of these events, the Meeting is being held at UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The main objectives are to:

  • discuss the impact of previous influenza pandemics and discuss preparedness for future pandemics;
  • review developments in influenza surveillance in the Region during the past decade and anticipate future developments;
  • provide an overview of the 2017/2018 influenza season with respect to epidemiology, virology, vaccination and burden of disease, and discuss opportunities and challenges related to influenza surveillance for the upcoming 2018/2019 influenza season;
  • present new developments with respect to the joint ECDC–WHO/Europe Flu News Europe bulletin;
  • discuss revisions of European Union case definitions related to influenza and other respiratory viruses;
  • provide an overview of the global situation regarding influenza as well as global surveillance developments; and
  • maintain and strengthen collaboration and information-sharing among network members.

More information about the topics

Influenza surveillance

Facts about influenza surveillance

The specific goal of influenza surveillance is to provide timely and high-quality data and viral isolates.

EU case definitions

List of case definitions for reporting communicable diseases to the Community network under Decision No 2119/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.

European Influenza Surveillance Network (EISN)

The network combines epidemiological and virological surveillance of influenza.

National and global influenza surveillance systems and reports

List of external links to national and global influenza surveillance systems and reports.

ECDC publications and peer-reviewed articles on influenza surveillance

ECDC publications and peer-reviewed articles on influenza surveillance.

Influenza in Europe, summary of the season 2017–18

The influenza 2017/18 surveillance season started in week 40/2017 & ended in week 20/2018. Here you find an overview of the ECDC main outputs during the season 2017/18.

Weekly influenza updates

In collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe, ECDC monitors and reports on influenza activity in Europe on a weekly basis throughout the flu season. The latest data is published in the report Flu News Europe.

Influenza Virus Characterisations Reports, summary Europe

The ECDC Influenza Virus Characterisations Reports are published periodically. The report provides an overview of the technical details of the circulating influenza viruses, such as antigenic and genetic properties, with a reference to the current vaccine strains. It also summaries the developments of the viruses since the last report, as well as the main developments for the ongoing season. The report is of special interest for influenza virologists and epidemiologists interested in the in-depth characterisation of influenza viruses.

Influenza pandemic preparedness

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.

Why is pandemic preparedness planning important?

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.

Low uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in Europe may jeopardise capacity to protect people in next pandemic

Influenza vaccination coverage among high-risk groups has dropped in the European Region over the last seven years, and half the countries report a decrease in the number of vaccine doses available.

Influenza pandemic preparedness plans

This page is listing influenza pandemic preparedness plans for EU countries, EFTA countries, Candidate countries and from the Commission of the European Communities and the World Health Organization.

Guide to revision of national pandemic influenza preparedness plans

This guide is intended for use by those involved in pandemic preparedness planning, generic preparedness and implementation of IHR core capacities in European countries. The document describes good practice for pandemic preparedness planning based on lessons learned from the 2009 pandemic.

See previous meetings

Jun 2017

Event

ECDC Annual Influenza Meeting, 2017

20 Jun 2017 - 22 Jun 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 2016

Event

Joint ECDC-WHO/Europe Annual European Influenza Surveillance Meeting, 2016

14 Jun 2016 - 16 Jun 2016
Budapest, Hungary
Jun 2015

Event

Annual meeting of the European Influenza Surveillance Network, 2015

10 Jun 2015 - 12 Jun 2015
Stockholm
Jun 2014

Event

4th Joint WHO/Europe–ECDC Annual European Influenza Surveillance Meeting 2014

11 Jun 2014 - 13 Jun 2014
Vienna, Austria

News

Joint ECDC/WHO Regional Office for Europe report 2013

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May 2013

Event

3rd Joint ECDC-WHO Europe influenza surveillance meeting

29 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

News

Joint ECDC and WHO/Europe annual influenza meeting reflects on work in progress

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Jun 2011

Event

Joint ECDC and WHO European regional influenza surveillance meeting, 2011

7 Jun 2011 - 9 Jun 2011
Ljubljana, Slovenia

News

ECDC and WHO Europe annual influenza surveillance meeting 2011: Working on influenza crucial - especially when it is less newsworthy

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More about seasonal influenza

Disease / public health area

Seasonal influenza

Seasonal influenza is a preventable infectious disease with mostly respiratory symptoms. It is caused by influenza virus and is easily transmitted, predominantly via the droplet and contact routes and by indirect spread from respiratory secretions on hands etc.

Weekly influenza updates

In collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe, ECDC monitors and reports on influenza activity in Europe on a weekly basis throughout the flu season. The latest data is published in the report Flu News Europe.

Influenza Virus Characterisations Reports, summary Europe

The ECDC Influenza Virus Characterisations Reports are published periodically. The report provides an overview of the technical details of the circulating influenza viruses, such as antigenic and genetic properties, with a reference to the current vaccine strains. It also summaries the developments of the viruses since the last report, as well as the main developments for the ongoing season. The report is of special interest for influenza virologists and epidemiologists interested in the in-depth characterisation of influenza viruses.

Risk assessments on influenza

Rapid risk/outbreaks assessment aim at supporting the countries and the European Commission in their preparedness and response to a public health threat. They provide a timely summary and risk assessment of a public health threat for EU/EEA countries related to a specific event. They also include potential options for response. As outbreaks or public health events develop, ECDC may issue updated risk assessments.

Disease data from ECDC Surveillance Atlas for influenza

The Surveillance Atlas of Infectious Diseases is a tool that interacts with the latest available data about a number of infectious diseases. The interface allows users to interact and manipulate the data to produce a variety of tables and maps.

National and global influenza surveillance systems and reports

List of external links to national and global influenza surveillance systems and reports.