Authors: Adlhoch C, Snacken R, Melidou A, Ionescu S, Penttinen P (2018). The European Influenza Surveillance Network
The yearly influenza epidemics during each winter season vary in burden and severity. During the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, all-cause excess mortality was observed during periods of high influenza virus circulation. Our aim is to describe and compare the pattern of influenza virus circulation and related disease severity by number of patients and fatal cases in intensive care units (ICUs) across European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries for the seasons 2016/17 and 2017/18. As influenza circulation progressed from a west to east direction across Europe in 2017/18, a better understanding of the current epidemiological situation might help to prepare countries in the eastern part of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region for high influenza activity and severity.
Euro Surveill. 2018 Mar;23(13)