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Start of the 2014/2015 influenza season in Europe: drifted influenza A(H3N2) viruses circulate as dominant subtype.

Broberg, E., Snacken, R., Aldhoch, C., Beauté, J., Galinksa, M., Pereyaslov, D., Brown, C., Penttinen, P., WHO European Region and the European Influenza Surveillance Network. Start of the 2014/2015 influenza season in Europe: drifted influenza A(H3N2) viruses circulate as dominant subtype. Eurosurveillance: 2015, 20(4)
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The influenza season 2014/15 started in Europe in week 50 2014 with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating. The majority of the A(H3N2) viruses characterised antigenically and/or genetically differ from the northern hemisphere vaccine component which may result in reduced vaccine effectiveness for the season. We therefore anticipate that this season may be more severe than the 2013/14 season. Treating influenza with antivirals in addition to prevention with vaccination will be important.
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