Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS)
Global influenza surveillance has been conducted through WHO's Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) since 1952.
GISRS is a system fostering global confidence and trust for over half a century, through effective collaboration and sharing of viruses, data and benefits based on Member States’ commitment to a global public health model.
The mission of GISRS is to protect people from the threat of influenza by continuously functioning as a:
- global mechanism of surveillance, preparedness and response for seasonal, pandemic and zoonotic influenza;
- global platform for monitoring influenza epidemiology and disease; and
- global alert for novel influenza viruses and other respiratory pathogens.
27 September 2019
WHO recommendation announced in WHO Information Meeting on the Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for Use in the 2020 Southern Hemisphere Influenza Season
18 May 2018
A Decade of Innovative Contribution to Global Health
10 October 2017
Representation of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) at Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Meetings
GISRS currently comprises institutions in 115 WHO Member States:
- Standardization of terminology for the pandemic A(H1N1)2009 virus
- Standardization of terminology for the influenza virus variants infecting humans: Update Jan 2014
- Updated unified nomenclature system for the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses
- New clade designation of H5 HA
Standardization of terminology for the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus