EU launches new seasonal flu website

Gary Finnegan

Gary Finnegan

January 25th, 2011

Gary Finnegan

‘The ECDC has launched a new web portal putting the spotlight on seasonal influenza.’

Influenza_virusThe move comes as flu cases continue to dominate the headlines, particularly in the UK where H1N1 is believed to have caused more than 250 deaths since September 2010.

However, there are signs that the epidemic may have peaked with hospitals and GPs reporting fewer new cases.

The new site includes advice, country-by-country contact points and links to up-to-date surveillance information.

It is packed with background information on seasonal influenza, as well as sections which debunk myths and explain what the EU is doing to tackle the problem.

The Commission says immunisation provides the most reliable and effective protection against influenza but warns that vaccination rates are patchy across the continent.

“Levels of immunisation of the risk groups in the EU are very variable and often low. Hence in 2009 the EU Health Ministers (the Health Council) made a commitment to improve the protection of older people and those with chronic illnesses.”

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