Weekly update on influenza status
Seasonal influenza has to be taken seriously. Each year, approximately ten per cent of Europe’s population is infected. I designed the Influenza in Europe infographic to provide a quick insight into the characteristics of the 2013/14 season. The graphic is updated and published through ECDC´s website and on social media channels on a weekly basis.
Annual influenza epidemics are associated with high morbidity and mortality. ECDC estimates that on average nearly 40,000 people die prematurely each year from influenza in the EU. For each death there are many more hospitalisations resulting from complications.
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