New toolkit available to support influenza communication campaigns
ECDC releases a communication toolkit for seasonal influenza, with materials targeting healthcare workers and people at higher risk of developing flu-related complications.
If you are planning to organise communication activities on influenza prevention, the new ECDC communication toolkit provides campaign materials that can be adapted and reused in your country to help tackle seasonal influenza.
The new communication toolkit for seasonal influenza targets healthcare workers and people at higher risk of developing influenza-related complications. It is built on the most recent scientific studies to raise awareness on the following key messages:
- influenza can cause serious complications resulting in hospitalisation or even death;
- specific population groups are more at risk of developing flu-related complications;
- annual vaccination helps healthcare workers protect their vulnerable patients and themselves;
- people in risk groups can protect themselves by getting vaccinated annually.
The risk groups for whom annual vaccination is recommended include:
- older people, often defined as aged 65 and over;
- people with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.
It proposes campaign materials that can be adapted and reused to either complement existing national initiatives or to provide the basis for the launch of new campaigns.
The toolkit contains materials for posters, leaflets, factsheets and banners as well as a pin to be worn by healthcare workers to show their support to influenza vaccination. The tools can be downloaded in easily reusable and adaptable formats from the toolkit page.
The Toolkit guidelines document provides tips on how to use the various tools effectively and develop successful campaigns.
Resources on ECDC website:
World Health Organization recommendations for the influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2020 southern hemisphere season
11 Oct 2019 - On September 2019, WHO has agreed on the recommended composition of the quadrivalent and trivalent influenza vaccines for the southern hemisphere 2020 influenza season.
ECDC launches e-learning course and operational tool for development of rapid risk assessments
14 Mar 2019 - ECDC launches a new e-learning course on rapid risk assessments (RRA) as well as an operational tool that describes the RRA methodology used by the Centre. The course and the tool support public health experts responsible for developing RRAs at European, national or sub-national level.
WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2019–2020 northern hemisphere season
1 Mar 2019 - On 18–20 February 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on the recommended composition of the quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the northern hemisphere 2019–2020 influenza season: an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, an A(H3N2) virus component to be announced on 21 March 2019, a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage) and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).