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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 (...)

[Save the Date] Third Flu Summit of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESI)

The third annual Flu Summit organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza will take place on 2 May 2013 in Brussels. It will be an opportunity to learn about and discuss with experts issues such as pandemic preparedness, new influenza target groups, and vaccination strategies. This year’s edition focuses on new developments and challenges in the influenza field, with special attention for discussions on safety and effectiveness of influenza vaccines. (...)

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 (...)

Health threats: EU proposal for better protection and more coordination

The European Commission has adopted a legislative proposal to address serious cross-border health threats. It builds on the careful analysis of ’’lessons learnt’’ from recent health crises.


*Updated* EPHA briefing on health threats from communicable diseases

EPHA has developed a ’’Briefing on Health Threats from Communicable Diseases, including well-prepared Health Systems’’. The paper provides an overview of the existing structure at EU level and internationally, and it stresses the importance of ensuring that health systems are adequately financed, equipped and coordinated in order to cope with outbreaks and epidemics such as the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. *UPDATE* September 2012 This briefing has now been updated to (...)

First European Flu Summit

The First European Flu Summit took place on 26 May 2011 in Brussels, organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI), whose goal is to reduce the burden of influenza in Europe. The Summit gathered representatives of the medical research community, the European Commission, and health professionals. EPHA attended the Flu Summit as a follow-up to its recent work on health security in the EU, which is also informed by the H1N1 ’’lessons (...)