The World Health Organization has released a
Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030. It aims at protecting people across
the world from influenza. Influenza or flu is a contagious disease caused by
influenza viruses. According to WHO, influenza is one of the world’s greatest
public health challenges.
The objectives of the strategy are a) prevent seasonal influenza, b) control
the spread of influenza from animals to humans and, c) Prepare for the next
influenza pandemic. A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease. An
influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges and spreads around
the world, and most people do not have immunity
The WHO strategy has recommended countries to
formulate a special influenza programme. This would help in disease
surveillance, prevention, control, and preparedness for influenza.
It has also recommended the development of more
effective and more accessible vaccines and antiviral treatments.