Workshop to finalize revisions to guidelines for influenza sentinel surveillance

29–30 October 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

Influenza surveillance is important to track illness patterns and to know when and what influenza viruses are circulating. Surveillance can also detect changes in influenza viruses that might be of public health concern, and can be used to measure the impact of influenza activity in a society. Routine monitoring and evaluation should be part of any surveillance system.

This workshop is designed to review current influenza surveillance practices, and to identify and address challenges through the revision of national surveillance guidelines. It will also highlight existing WHO-developed tools for routine assessments of influenza surveillance sites, the findings from which can be used to make improvements to their systems.

The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  • review and discuss current and proposed procedures for influenza sentinel surveillance in Azerbaijan and Ukraine, and to address technical issues as they are raised;
  • finalize revisions to national surveillance guidelines; and
  • familiarize participants with best practices for influenza surveillance so that they can conduct routine assessments of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) sentinel sites, and make improvements.