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The Threat of Influenza

With the ability to mutate and spread rapidly, influenza endangers millions of lives, as well as global political and economic stability. A threat this great demands bold action.

What is Influenza?

Far more than a seasonal concern, influenza is a serious respiratory disease. More than 100 years after a global pandemic claimed an estimated 50 million lives, current vaccines cannot protect against the next worldwide outbreak.

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A universal influenza vaccine would be an outrageous goal, an audacious goal: a transforming goal for public health, and for the health of countries and families. But it’s also a goal that’s within our reach.

Kate O’Brien, Director, Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, World Health Organization (WHO)