Influenza virus characterisation - Summary Europe, September 2020
This is the 10th and final report for the 2019–2020 influenza season. As of week 39/2020, 164 917 influenza detections across the WHO European Region had been reported; 73% type A viruses, with A(H1N1)pdm09 prevailing over A(H3N2), and 27% type B viruses, with 4 480 (98%) of 4 569 ascribed to a lineage being B/Victoria.
Operational considerations for influenza surveillance in the WHO European Region during COVID-19: interim guidance
This document outlines operational considerations for how to support the continuity of national influenza surveillance systems and public health laboratories for the epidemiological and virological surveillance for influenza in the 2020–2021 season during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Communicable disease threats report, 11-17 October 2020, week 42
This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 11-17 October 2020 and includes updates on COVID-19 associated with SARS-CoV-2, malaria, West Nile virus, influenza, Ebola virus disease - eleventh outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Poliomyelitis.
Flu Awareness Week, 5-9 October 2020
The Flu Awareness Week is marked across the WHO European Region every year in October. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination for people’s health and well-being and to increase the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination of people with underlying risk factors.
Looking at newer enhanced seasonal influenza vaccines: a systematic review of efficacy, effectiveness and safety
Based on a systematic literature review, ECDC assessed the efficacy, effectiveness and safety of newer and enhanced inactivated seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines among those 18 years or older. These assessed are MF59® adjuvanted, cell-based, high-dose, and recombinant haemagglutinin influenza vaccines.
Systematic review of the efficacy, effectiveness and safety of newer and enhanced seasonal influenza vaccines
Overall the evidence base for the efficacy and effectiveness of newer and enhanced influenza vaccines appears limited at present, with a number of potentially relevant studies identified as ongoing.
Influenza virus characterisation - Summary Europe, July 2020
ECDC’s influenza virus characterisation reports are published periodically and give an overview of circulating influenza viruses. They provide details on the current vaccine strains, summarise the development of the viruses since the last report, and closely follow the main developments for the ongoing influenza season. Virus characterisation reports are primarily intended for influenza virologists and epidemiologists.
Seasonal influenza - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2019–2020
Influenza activity started in week 45/2019 and returned to baseline levels in week 13/2020, earlier than previous seasons. Influenza viruses circulated at high levels between weeks 52/2019 and 10/2020 (based on increased proportions (40% and above) of sentinel specimens testing positive for influenza viruses). This is comparable to previous seasons.