Reducing the global health impact of influenza requires a careful review of the history of the disease as well as an evaluation of where influenza infection may be going next. Overall, the 2015-2016 influenza season was moderate in terms of infection activity and clinical consequences. The prevalence of influenza infection and complications was lower than that of previous years.
There was a good match between the influenza strains chosen for the 2015-2016 vaccine and the strains that promoted influenza infection in that same period. Traditionally, the vast majority of influenza deaths occur among children who were not vaccinated. Half of the influenza deaths in 2015-2016 were among children without a high-risk underlying medical condition.
The DHS Program is now accepting applications for the 2017 DHS Fellows Program. The DHS Fellows Program is designed to increase the capacity of countries to conduct further analysis of DHS data. The primary objectives of the program are:
- To teach Fellows to analyze and conduct research with DHS data;
- To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS data into their teaching;
- To increase the ability of Fellows to build the capacity of others to use DHS data at their home universities