ECDC Annual Influenza Meeting, 2017
The annual influenza meeting focused on new developments in influenza surveillance at the country and regional level, seasonal influenza vaccination programmes, provided an update on the global situation with regard to outbreaks of avian influenza and other emerging respiratory pathogens, and provided a forum for exchanging experiences from the past influenza season.
The meeting was by invitation only and participants were:
- National Focal Points for Influenza,
- Operational Contact Points for Influenza epidemiological and virological surveillance,
- Reference laboratories representatives, and
- Involved international institutions including the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Disease / public health area
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.