WHO/PAHO regional meeting on seasonal influenza vaccination in the Americas, March 2016
From 15-17 March 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (WHO/Region of the Americas) held a regional meeting on influenza vaccination in Santiago, Chile. The meeting combined the Third WHO meeting on seasonal influenza vaccine composition and the Third meeting of the REVELAC-i network (Network for evaluating influenza vaccine effectiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean). It aimed to support countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in using information from influenza surveillance and influenza vaccination programs to make evidence-based decisions and further develop the recommendations for seasonal influenza vaccination. The meeting participants agreed on a short term research agenda addressing influenza vaccine effectiveness and impact among all target groups, knowledge, attitudes and practices related to vaccination among pregnant women and healthcare workers, documenting the experience of influenza vaccination as recommended by the SAGE and exploring the cost-effectiveness of quadrivalent influenza vaccines for which there is no official WHO nor PAHO TAG recommendation to date.