Misconceptions about influenza vaccination

Common cold

“The flu is just a common cold!”

Why is this a misconception?

Welcome to the website of the European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI), a partnership of influenza scientists and stakeholder organizations who aim to reduce the burden of influenza in Europe.

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  • Science Policy Flu Summit: programme update

    29 May 2015

    The Science Policy Flu Summit is designed to move Europe to further action in the combat against influenza. Summit speakers will spark the debate, but interaction with the audience will be at the core of the event. Join other public health officials and decision-makers at the Science Policy Flu Summit and help us to develop an influenza action plan for Europe. Register free of charge via the Summit website or download the Summit brochure.


  • Riga Conference: proceedings submission deadline extended

    23 March 2015

    All speakers who contributed to the Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference’s outstanding scientific programme are kindly invited to submit their research paper to the corresponding special issue of Vaccine. The Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference Special Issue of Vaccine will feature original research articles and review articles. It will be published online in September 2015.

    The deadline for submissions is extended until 30 April 2015. The submission website for this journal is located here.

    To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified, it is important to select “SI: 5th ESWI Influenza Conference” when you reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

  • Science Policy Flu Summit: 30 September 2015

    12 February 2015

    ESWI and EPHA are looking forward to organizing the Science Policy Flu Summit on 30 September 2015 in the European Quarter in Brussels. The aim of the one-day meeting is to bring together public health officials and decision-makers and to provide them with a platform to exchange information and ideas, to meet scientists and other members of the Flu Community and to keep track of the latest scientific data with respect to influenza.

    More information and a registration module is available online. Kindly download the first announcement here.





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