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5th ESWI Influenza Conference highlights benefits of vaccination

The fifth international influenza conference organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) took place in Riga on 14-17 September. A number of plenary and ’science/policy interface’ sessions examined the issue of low vaccination uptake in many Member States, as well as other issues related to pandemic preparedness and communication aspects of influenza-related health threats. In the opening plenary, ’Why should influenza be a public (...)

Fifth European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) Influenza Conference in Riga, Latvia (14 -17 September)

The European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) invites you to join other scientists and public health officials at the Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference in Riga, Latvia, on 14 -17 September 2014. The aim of the conference is to discuss the most recent advances in influenza research, control, prevention and treatment, while a tailor-made programme for public health officials will cover the entire spectrum of influenza policy making. Announcement REGISTER for the Fifth ESWI (...)

Two new influenza publications & Save the Date 5th Influenza Conference

The European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) has released two new publications which will be of interest for readers with an interest in health systems, in particular health threats and pandemic preparedness. The FluQuest report is an account of the ESWI workshop held on 3 May where the outcomes of the ESWI survey on pandemic preparedness in Europe were shared and placed into context. The second document is the report of the ESWI Flu Summit that was held on the previous day (...)

European Scientific Working Group on Influenza Flu Summit - Bringing all stakeholders on board

The second Flu Summit organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) took place on 23 March 2012. The event explored new concepts and ideas for bringing together all stakeholders in the fight against flu - both seasonal and pandemic. Taking off where the ESWI’s First Flu Summit wound up a year ago, the event once again brought together researchers and academics, policy-makers, NGOs, health professionals and industry representatives to debate a (...)

Save the Date - 2012 ESWI Flu Summit

On 23 May 2012, the second edition of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza’s (ESWI) European Influenza Summit will be held at the Albert Hall Complex in Brussels. The aim of this one-day free of charge meeting will be to provide all influenza partners with an informal platform to exchange good practices and to initiate concrete actions to improve public health protection against influenza. Please visit www.flusummit.org regularly to stay informed of all developments in (...)

Release of ESWI Flu documentary

EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) has released an influenza documentary that covers all aspects of the disease, ranging from the characteristics of the flu virus itself to the impact of pandemic and epidemic influenza. The result is a highly attractive and informative influenza movie (38 min of length), which can be accessed free of charge in ESWI’s media library at the following address www.flucentre.org/media-library/ (title: Influenza - aiming (...)

Council of the European Union recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination

On 22 December 2009, the Council of the European Union adopted a recommendation encouraging member states to implement action plans to improve seasonal influenza vaccination coverage. **Update Council of the European Union adopts recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination** The Council of the EU calls for "concerted action" at the EU level of the in order to minimize the impact of seasonal influenza by encouraging vaccination among risk groups and healthcare workers. The main (...)

European Commission Proposal for a Council Recommendation on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

On 13 July 2009, the European Commission released a Proposal for a Council Recommendation on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination. Since the start of the ’Europe for Patients’ campaign in the second half of 2008, this item has been on the agenda, and in light of the recent Pandemic, it has become a much higher priority. The release of the proposed Recommendation on 13 July 2009, has no doubt been brought forward as a result of the current pandemic of A/H1N1 Influenza. The proposed (...)

Novel Influenza A/H1N1 (Swine Flu) Pandemic

According to figures released by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2005 and February 2009 a total of 12 cases of Swine Influenza were reported across 10 states in the US. However in recent weeks, thousands of cases have been confirmed and the world is bracing itself for an imminent pandemic. Margaret Chan (WHO, Director General) has raised the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 5 to 6 classifying the current outbreak as the first pandemic for 41 (...)

**Avian Influenza - Update January 2008**

**Latest Update 21/01/2008.** It aims to focus on developments at international level. Animal Avian Influenza is now in Europe - Increase of HUMAN cases in Indonesia Poultry in Turkey and Romania have been hit by cases of Avian Influenza. Croatia also confirms a case of H5N1 in wild birds. Hence the decision from the European Commission to suspend imports of birds, feathers, poultry meat and avian species from Romania and Turkey. Both countries have quarantined the affected zones and (...)
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