WHO/Europe resumes weekly influenza surveillance report as winter season begins

The first weekly report for the season, available in English and Russian, indicates that influenza activity is currently at very low levels in the WHO European Region.

There have been sporadic detections of influenza A (H3N2), pandemic influenza A(H1N1) and influenza B during the past week. Data are not available to predict which virus type or subtype will become dominant in Europe this season.

WHO/Europe recommends that vaccination programmes immunize populations against the influenza A(H3N2), pandemic influenza A(H1N1) and influenza B viruses that WHO has recommended for inclusion in vaccines for the 2010/2011 winter season in the northern hemisphere.