ECDC publishes influenza virus characterisation report

16 March 2021

Article: 55/1103

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 March 2021, the ECDC published the fourth virus characterisation period report for the 2020 to 2021 influenza season. As of week eight of 2021, 712 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 equally represented, and 49% were type B viruses, with ten having been ascribed to a lineage, eight being B/Victoria and two B/Yamagata. These figures represent a 99.5% drop in detections compared with the same period in 2020.

Source: ECDC, 11 March 2021