Every year, millions of people get the flu. The good news is that the seasonal flu vaccine can lower the risk of getting the flu by about half. Getting the yearly flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: Types A and B. Influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. Learn more about flu. There are safe vaccines that can help reduce the risk from flu and its potentially serious complications.
In 1947, WHO’s Interim Committee recognized the importance of Influenza and started a globally-coordinated effort for its surveillance, study and control. This led to the beginning of the Global Influenza Program (GIP) and the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). The GIP provides Member States with strategic guidance, technical support, and coordination of activities essential to make their health systems better prepared against seasonal, zoonotic, and pandemic influenza threats to populations and individuals.