Global influenza seasonality to inform country-level vaccine programs: An analysis of WHO FluNet influenza surveillance data between 2011 and 2016
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AbstractBy analyzing publicly available surveillance data from 2011±2016, we produced countryspecific estimates of seasonal influenza activity for 118 countries in the six World Health Organization regions. Overall, the average country influenza activity period was 4.7 months. Our analysis characterized 100 countries (85%) with one influenza peak season, 13 (11%) with two influenza peak seasons, and five (4%) with year-round influenza activity. Surveillance data were limited for many countries. These data provide national estimates of influenza activity, which may guide planning for influenza vaccination implementation, program timing and duration, and policy development.
DescriptionData are available from the publicly available World Health Organization FluNet database at http://www.who. int/influenza/gisrs_laboratory/flunet/en/.
CitationNewman LP, Bhat N, Fleming JA, Neuzil KM. (2018). Global influenza seasonality to inform country-level vaccine programs: An analysis of WHO FluNet influenza surveillance data between 2011 and 2016. PLoS ONE, 13(2), e0193263, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193263
SponsorsThis work was financially supported by grant OPP1084288 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Keywordglobal influenza seasonality
Communicable Disease Control--trends
Influenza, Human--prevention & control
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/7580
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