ECDC has published Influenza season has started in Europe: still time to protect yourself and others. Click through for the full post and links. Excerpt:
The season of active influenza transmission has started in Europe, concludes the latest Weekly Influenza Surveillance Overview covering 6-12 January 2014. There is still time to protect yourself and others from the flu by getting vaccinated.
Of the 30 EU/EEA countries reporting, four countries - Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal and Spain - report medium intensity influenza. Portugal, Spain and the UK (England) report geographically widespread influenza activity. Bulgaria, Greece, Spain and the UK (Scotland) report influenza A(H1)pdm09 virus as the dominant subtype.
Virological surveillance for the period shows that of the 842 sentinel specimens tested across 25 countries, 26% (217) from 16 countries were positive for influenza virus. Of these 217 influenza viruses, 215 were type A and two were type B. Of the subtyped influenza A viruses, 62% were A(H1)pdm09 and 38% were A(H3).