Summary of the influenza 2013–2014 season in Europe
Active circulation of influenza has started late in Europe in the 2013-2014 season, with a different timing across EU/EEA countries, states the annual ECDC risk assessment on seasonal influenza. The first countries affected have been Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal and Spain, where the A(H1)pdm09 influenza virus has dominated. Without any specific geographic pattern, influenza activity has since spread rapidly across Europe. In Bulgaria, Portugal and Spain, the season peaked in weeks 4 and 5/2014, while influenza activity still continues to increase in Greece.
World Tuberculosis Day 2017 - Tuberculosis situation in the EU/EEA, 2015
Tuberculosis situation in the EU/EEA, 2015: Findings from the joint Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe, 2017 report by ECDC and WHO Regional Office for Europe, 24 March 2017
Tuberculosis surveillance findings 2017
Tuberculosis situation in the EU/EEA, 2015 - Findings from the joint Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe, 2017 report by ECDC and WHO Regional Office for Europe ECDC TB Team European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Stockholm, 24 March 2017
Seasonal influenza vaccination strategies
The immunity that is elicited by influenza vaccines is not as long lived as the immunity following natural influenza infection. This is especially so for individuals in the so-called risk groups, hence people have to be vaccinated annually. There are three influenza immunisation strategies used in Europe: to protect the vulnerable, to protect healthy children, adolescents and adults and to reduce overall influenza transmission.
Facts about tuberculosis
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious infectious disease that can be fatal. It most commonly affects the lungs.
Flu transmits easily from person to person. It does this through the air or from contaminated hands or surfaces. The risk of getting or causing infection is easily reduced by taking some simple preventive steps. Immunisation in particular decreases the risk of a person being infected. Proper use of flu vaccines is the most effective form of protection.