Weeks 26–30/2016 (27 June–31 July 2016)
- Influenza activity in the WHO European Region has remained at low levels, all countries reporting low-intensity influenza activity.
- Few influenza viruses were detected among both sentinel and non-sentinel specimens.
- Data from the 16 countries or regions reporting to the European monitoring of excess mortality for public health action (EuroMOMO) project indicate that all-cause mortality was within the normal range in reporting countries during this period.
- Most of the viruses that were antigenically and/or genetically characterized during the 2015–2016 influenza season were similar to those recommended for inclusion in the trivalent or quadrivalent vaccines for this season in the northern hemisphere (see the May and June characterization reports).
- Recommendations on the composition of seasonal influenza vaccines for the 2016–2017 season in the northern hemisphere call for replacement of the A(H3N2) component with a more recent virus and inclusion of a B/Victoria-lineage virus in trivalent vaccines.
Additional information on influenza in the world is available from WHO’s global updates.
Note: Weekly online reporting for the next season will start in week 40/2016. During summer months, weekly reporting to the European Surveillance System (TESSy) will continue, next bulletins will be issued: 9th of September and 7th of October.