We use surveillance data to describe influenza A and B virus circulation over two consecutive seasons with excess all-cause mortality in Europe, especially in people aged 60 years and older. Influenza A(H3N2) virus dominated in 2016/17 and B/Yamagata in 2017/18. The latter season was prolonged with positivity rates above 50% among sentinel detections for at least 12 weeks. With a current west–east geographical spread, high influenza activity might still be expected in eastern Europe.
|Publication status||Published - 29 Mar 2018|
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We thank the influenza surveillance team at World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen,Demark, for their collaboration. We thank all EISN members and ERLI-Net laboratories for their tireless commitment in collecting and providing highquality European influenza surveillance data. We are also grateful to the TESSy data managers for their support and ECDC staff for their critical review.
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