WHO Europe: Influenza
WHO/Europe aim to reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality by strengthening virological and epidemiological surveillance for mild and severe influenza; using surveillance data to estimate the burden of influenza in order to prioritize national influenza vaccination programmes; and maintaining and strengthening pandemic preparedness activities at the national level. WHO/Europe also monitors the emergence of other respiratory pathogens that have the potential to spread among humans. These include coronaviruses, which cause a range of illnesses from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to the common cold.
WHO Flu Awareness Campaign 2020
The campaign objective is to ensure that people across the European Region take informed decisions on remaining uninfected with influenza during the 2020/2021 season in order to minimize: sickness, death and impact on the health system, driving antibiotic resistance and the draining effect on the pandemic response.