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Eurosurveillance, Volume 21, Issue 13, 31 March 2016 / Rapid communication
Predominance of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus genetic subclade 6B.1 and influenza B/Victoria lineage viruses at the start of the 2015/16 influenza season in Europe
E Broberg 1 , A Melidou 2 , K Prosenc 3 , K Bragstad 4 , O Hungnes 4 , on behalf of the WHO European Region and the European Influenza Surveillance Network members of the reporting countries 5
Author affiliations: 1. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden; 2. National Influenza Centre for northern Greece, Microbiology Department, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; 3. Laboratory for Public Health Virology, National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food, Slovenia; 4. Norwegian Institute of Public health, Department of Virology, Oslo, Norway; 5. The members of the network who provided data are listed at the end of the article
Correspondence: Eeva Broberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Citation style for this article: Broberg E, Melidou A, Prosenc K, Bragstad K, Hungnes O, on behalf of the WHO European Region and the European Influenza Surveillance Network members of the reporting countries. Predominance of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus genetic subclade 6B.1 and influenza B/Victoria lineage viruses at the start of the 2015/16 influenza season in Europe. Euro Surveill. 2016;21(13):pii=30184. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.13.30184
Received:09 March 2016; Accepted:31 March 2016
Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses predominated in the European influenza 2015/16 season. Most analysed viruses clustered in a new genetic subclade 6B.1, antigenically similar to the northern hemisphere vaccine component A/California/7/2009. The predominant influenza B lineage was Victoria compared with Yamagata in the previous season. It remains to be evaluated at the end of the season if these changes affected the effectiveness of the vaccine for the 2015/16 season.
Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Seasonal Influenza; European Region; H1N1pdm09.