ECDC press release: Seasonal influenza transmission in Europe
Today ECDC publishes its risk assessment on the 2012/13 seasonal influenza epidemics in Europe. Epidemics started earlier than in the previous season and western Europe and Scandinavia were the first affected areas.
Summary of the influenza 2014–2015 season in Europe
Increased influenza activity started in week 51/2014 this season when the percentage of influenza positive laboratory tests crossed the 10% threshold. The season lasted for 21 weeks until week 19/2015, when the positivity rate dropped below 10%. The peak of the season - with the highest proportion of specimens tested positive (55%) - occurred in week 07/2015. The peak varied between countries, occurring in week 04/2015 in Bulgaria and Portugal, and between weeks 05/2015 and 08/2015 in most central European countries.
Summary of the influenza 2012–2013 season in the WHO European region
The 2012–2013 influenza season was of a slightly longer duration than the 2011–2012 season, starting around week 48/2012, peaking around week 5/2013 and lasting until week 16/2013.
Table 1. Number of hospitalised laboratory-confirmed influenza cases by season, country, and level of care; eight EU countries, 2014–2015
Number of hospitalised laboratory-confirmed influenza cases by season, country, and level of care; eight EU countries, 2014–2015
Overrepresentation of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus among severe influenza cases in the 2011/12 season in four European countries
Beaute, J., Broberg, E., Plata, F., Bonmarin, I., O'Donnell, J., Delgado, C., Boddington, N., Snacken, R.
Figure 2. Number of influenza cases admitted to selected intensive care units, by (sub-)type and age group; Finland, France, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden; 2014–2015 and 2015–2016
Number of influenza cases admitted to selected intensive care units, by (sub-)type and age group; Finland, France, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden; 2014–2015 and 2015–2016
Communicable disease threats report, 16-22 April 2017, week 16
This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 16-22 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, legionnaires' disease and yellow fever.
- Avian influenza virus
- Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Programme
- Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses Programme
- Influenza in humans, seasonal
- Legionnaires’ disease
- Public health threat
- South America
- Vaccine Preventable Diseases Programme
- Yellow fever
Factsheet about seasonal influenza
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Influenza virus characterisation, Summary Europe, June 2017
In the course of the 2016–2017 influenza season, nearly 146 000 influenza detections across the EU/EAA region have been reported.