- WHO has released a 3-pronged, Global Influenza Strategy to: 1) prevent seasonal influenza, 2) control animal-to-human transmission, 3) mitigate effect of ensuing pandemic.
- Overarching goals: 1) build stronger tailored country capacities for surveillance/response, prevention/control, and preparedness; 2) develop more optimal tools to prevent, detect, control, treat influenza (e.g., more effective vaccines, antivirals, treatments).
Why this matters
- Support integrated influenza surveillance efforts through regular case reporting, information sharing.
- Communicate influenza risk, complications, address vaccine misconceptions and hesitancy to encourage vaccination uptake.
- Implement appropriate use of antiviral agents.
- Strategy is billed as “most comprehensive and far-reaching” ever developed for influenza.
- WHO aims to achieve high-level outcomes by 2030.
- Strategy is divided into 4 primary objectives and 10 priorities. Objectives include:
- Promote research/innovation to address unmet public health needs (improved, novel diagnostics/vaccines, treatments, prevention control, and research).
- Strengthen global surveillance, monitoring, data utilization (expand virological/disease surveillance, enhance communication across sectors).
- Expand seasonal prevention/control policies and programs, especially with regard to most vulnerable populations (including integration of nonpharmaceutical interventions, reduction of transmission/disease severity/morbidity/mortality).
- Strengthen pandemic preparedness and response, nationally, regionally, and globally.
- Consult guidance for specifics.