Influenza virus characterisation report published

20 July 2021

Article: 55/2908

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 the current vaccine strains, summarise the development of the viruses since the last report and closely follow the main developments for the ongoing influenza season.

On 14 July 2021, the ECDC published the eighth virus characterisation period report for the 2020 to 2021 influenza season. As of week 24 of 2021, 934 influenza detections across the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region had been reported, of which 51% were type A viruses, with A(H3N2) and A(H1N1)pdm09 being approximately equally represented, and 49% 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, 14 July 2021