Influenza with pandemic potential

Influenza Do’s and Don’ts

Influenza with pandemic potential

Every year, a quarter of the world’s population is likely to be infected with an influenza virus. Many countries in the WHO South-East Asia region witness an increase in influenza cases in the winter months. Here is how you can protect yourself.

Influenza surveillance

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.

Recent Highlights

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)