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 Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization WHO/EMRO and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) are pleased to announce the 2016-2017 call for applications of the Joint EMRO/TDR Small Grants Scheme (SGS) for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty.
The sixth International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, IMED 2016 will be held in Vienna, Austria from 4–7 November 2016. For those whose work deals with threats from infectious agents, IMED 2016 will once again bring leading scientists, clinicians and policy makers to Vienna to present new knowledge and breakthroughs and discuss how to discover, detect, understand, prevent and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens