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.
Infographic: Antibiotic resistance – an increasing threat to human health
Each year, 33000 people die from an infection due to bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The burden of infections with bacteria resistant to antibiotics on the European population is comparable to that of inﬂuenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined.
Infographic: Healthcare-associated infections – a threat to patient safety in Europe
A total of 8.9 million healthcare-associated infections were estimated to occur each year in European hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Types of seasonal influenza vaccine
Injected trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines are most commonly used throughout the world. Influenza antigen preparation varies between manufacturers. The inactivated influenza vaccines available in the EU/EEA may contain either split virion influenza virus products or subunit influenza products.