ECDC publishes influenza virus characterisation report

22 June 2021

Article: 55/2504

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) periodically publishes influenza characterisation reports, giving an overview of circulating influenza viruses. These reports provide details on current vaccine strains, summarise the development of viruses since the last report and closely follow the main developments for the ongoing influenza season.

On 11 June 2021, the ECDC published the seventh virus characterisation period report for the 2020 to 2021 influenza season. As of week 20 of 2021, 909 influenza detections across the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region had been reported, of which 52% were type A viruses, with A(H3N2) and A(H1N1)pdm09 being approximately equally represented, and 48% were type B viruses, with 16 having been ascribed to a lineage, 13 being B/Victoria and three B/Yamagata. These figures represent a 99.4% drop in detections compared with the same period in 2020.

Source: ECDC, 11 June 2021