Influenza Do’s and Don’ts
Influenza surveillance occurs in most of the countries of the Southeast Asia Region. 9 of 11 countries have a designated National Influenza Center (NIC). Currently, 8 of the 11 member states’s NICs report to the WHO FluNet website. Maldives is the 8th country within SEARO to have reported data, reporting as of February 2016. One set of graphs included show the activity of each of the major types of influenza (A/H1N1, A/H3N2, and B) that are included in the seasonal influenza vaccine, as well as a graph of the total number of specimens processed by country. The second set of graphs show the influenza seasons for each country.
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
PIP Framework funds are supporting Indonesia in revamping their public health laboratory network to create a high-quality Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) network that meets the needs of pandemic threats. The PIP Framework is supporting capacity-building through laboratory diagnosis and biosafety-biosecurity training, quality control assessment, and technical monitoring and evaluation. Of 23 laboratories assessed so far, 11 have become part of the EID network, and nine more are expected to.
Influenza Unit, Department of Health Security and Emergency Response, World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia World Health House Indraprastha Estate Mahatma Gandhi Marg New Delhi 110 002, India Tel: + 91 11 43040584 Extn: 26584)