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Europe's Flu Season Ends

May 26, 2023 • 7:02 am CDT
ECDC flu data May 26, 2023
(Vax Before Travel)

The ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe jointly reported influenza transmissions have significantly decreased.

As of May 21, 2023, the percentage of all sentinel primary care specimens from patients presenting with symptoms that tested positive for an influenza virus decreased to 2% from 4% in the previous week, which is below the epidemic threshold set at 10%.   

And 15 of 39 countries or areas reported low intensity; there were no reports of medium or higher intensity, with only 2 of 38 countries across the Region reporting widespread activity. 

Both the ECDC and WHO suggest international travelers speak with a healthcare provider about flu shot options for the forthcoming 2023-2023 influenza season.