Like spring, summer and fall, the winter flu season is a predictable feature of people’s lives around the world. While it typically means a few days off from work for adults, influenza can be a cause of death in the elderly and small children if they are unprotected by vaccination. Work at CDDEP has focused on the impact of influenza vaccinations both on preventing the flu but also on secondary bacterial infections that may then need a course of antibiotic treatment. We have also examined incentives for countries to look for and report outbreaks of novel influenza strains and the design of international mechanisms to encourage faster reporting.
Bacterial co-infection and the flu – just how common is it? June 20, 2016