Misconceptions about influenza vaccination

Underlying illness

“You have to have underlying illness to benefit from the vaccine.”

Why is this a misconception?

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  • ESWI Board of Directors: important changes

    17 October 2014

    On 13 September 2014, the Board members of the European Scientific Working group on Influenza have elected Gülsah Gabriel as the new Vice-President of the group. Dr. Gabriel joined the ESWI Board in 2009 after she had won the first edition of the ESWI Young Scientist Best Body of Work Award. Dr. Gabriel has become a core member of the organization, owing to her very valuable and enthusiastic contributions to the objective of ESWI: to reduce the impact of influenza in Europe. The appointment of Dr. Gabriel as a Vice-President is an important step in the evolution of the organization as it underlines the fact that a new generation of excellent scientific researchers is ready to continue the fight against influenza.

    The ESWI Board members have also unanimously accepted the candidacy of Prof. Selim Badur as a new Director of ESWI. Prof. Badur is the director of the Virology Lab at the University of Istanbul and has been one of the founders of the Turkish network of influenza stakeholders, called Grip Platformu. While warmly welcoming Prof. Badur, the ESWI Board members also wish to thank Dr. Meral Ciblak - who decided to step down from the ESWI Board - for her tireless and successful efforts to create a network of influenza stakeholders in Turkey.

  • Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference successfully ended

    18 September 2014

    About 700 academics, public health officials, key opinion leaders and healthcare professionals have concluded the four-days influenza conference, which had offered them a series of lectures and symposia about the latest scientific and policy insights in influenza research, prevention and treatment. 

    During the closing ceremony, Prof. Ab Osterhaus, the conference chair, presented a short video that perfectly summarizes the topics and the atmosphere at the Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference. He also distributed a seperate press statement, highlighting the main messages of the conference.

  • Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference: final programme ready

    31 August 2014

    Five excellent and innovative Late Breakers have been added to the programme of the Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference, the largest European scientific conference dedicated to influenza. In keeping with the conference's high scientific standards, ESWI is proud to present its scientifically appealing final programme of keynote lectures, symposia, breakfast meetings, Young Scientist lectures and sessions on parallel tracks, covering the entire field of influenza. The conference also has a separate track for public health officials, which aims to translate the latest scientific data and insights into daily policy practice. The final conference programmes are available here.

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