Report of the Second WHO Expert Group Meeting on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Composition for Tropics and Subtropics

Pune, India, 8-10 July 2015

WHO Global Influenza Programme

Publication details

Number of pages: 18
Publication date: Nov 2015
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO_HSE_PED_GIP_EPI_2015.2_eng.pdf



The Second WHO Meeting on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Composition for the Tropics and Subtropics was held in Pune, India on 8–10 July 2015 to review and further refine recently developed WHO guidance on epidemiological and virological considerations in this area. During plenary and working group sessions, meeting participants addressed the specific objectives of (i) reviewing the WHO guidance from the perspective of seasonal influenza vaccination timing and vaccine composition in tropical and subtropical countries, (ii) sharing national experiences of efforts to implement seasonal influenza vaccination policies, (iii) identifying the key players and implementation steps required to make progress and better elucidating the needs, priorities and challenges that need to be addressed by countries planning to implement WHO recommendations in this area and (iv) developing a framework of actions to be taken by countries and WHO to implement and support seasonal influenza vaccination initiatives in the tropics and subtropics.