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The purpose of this investigation was to determine the proportion of influenza-like illness (ILI) attributable to specific viruses during the influenza A(H1N1)2009 pandemic and to describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of ILI due to respiratory viruses in Belgium. Nasopharyngeal swabs were collected from ILI patients by general practitioners(More)
BACKGROUND Countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region are reporting more severe influenza activity in the 2015-2016 season compared to previous seasons. OBJECTIVES To conduct a rapid risk assessment to provide interim information on the severity of the current influenza season METHODS: Using the WHO manual for rapid risk assessment(More)
Swine-origin pandemic human influenza A(H1N1)2009 rapidly spread around the world since its initial reporting on the 25 th of April 2009. To counter the virus, different vaccines were developed. In Belgium, the Pandemrix vaccine of GSK was used. Part of the Belgian population was vaccinated, especially those belonging to risk groups (immunodepressed(More)
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