Influenza

Influenza: are we ready?

12 October 2018 - At the start of the flu season in the Northern hemisphere, WHO launched today an in-depth multimedia package on influenza, including the lessons we can learn from previous flu pandemics, how prepared we are for another one, and how work on seasonal flu can help countries to prepare for future pandemics.

The flu comes around every year, everywhere - and children are among some of the most vulnerable. We asked children all over the world to illustrate this spotlight on flu, which includes 5 Things To Do If You Have The Flu and 5 Ways to Avoid Getting The Flu.

Pandemic Influenza: an Evolving Challenge

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the largest public health crises in modern history, the 1918 influenza pandemic known colloquially as “Spanish flu.” The intensity and speed with which it struck were almost unimaginable – infecting one-third of the earth’s population, which at the time was about 500 million people. By the time it subsided in 1920, tens of millions people are thought to have died.

Although influenza has been with humankind for millenia, the global spread and impact is in many respects a function accelerated in modern times. Urbanization, mass migration, global transport and trade accelerate the spread of pandemics.

New Contributed Photographs Collection / Otis Historical Archives / National Museum of Health and Medicine

Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2019 southern hemisphere influenza season

27 September 2018 - WHO convenes technical consultations in February and September each year to recommend viruses for inclusion in influenza vaccines for the northern and southern hemisphere influenza seasons, respectively. This recommendation relates to the influenza vaccines for use in the forthcoming southern hemisphere 2019 influenza season. A recommendation will be made in February 2019 relating to vaccines that will be used for the northern hemisphere 2019-2020 influenza season.

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The Global Influenza Programme

The Global Influenza Programme (GIP) provides Member States with strategic guidance, technical support and coordination of activities essential to make their health systems better prepared against seasonal, zoonotic and pandemic influenza threats to populations and individuals.

Substantial progress has been made in the 70 years building on collaborative platforms and global solidarity.

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Global Influenza Programme



Global Influenza Programme

The Global Influenza Programme (GIP) provides Member States with strategic guidance, technical support and coordination of activities essential to make their health systems better prepared against seasonal, zoonotic and pandemic influenza threats to populations and individuals.

News and events

Current influenza situation

Surveillance and monitoring

The WHO’s Global Influenza Programme provides global standards for influenza surveillance. In addition, it collects and analyzes virological and epidemiological influenza surveillance data.


PIP Framework

The PIP Framework brings together Member States, industry, other stakeholders and WHO to implement a global approach to pandemic influenza preparedness and response.

Vaccines

Child receiving vaccination.
WHO/Stephen Chernin

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infection and severe outcomes caused by influenza viruses.