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Influenza: Research

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 64075, tabled on 24 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on whether research has yet been completed on which influenza viruses are expected to be most prevalent during winter 2020-21.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

13 July 2020

Public Health England reports on international surveillance in the Weekly National Flu Reports which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/weekly-national-flu-reports-2019-to-2020-season

Based on the World Health Organization bi-weekly update, influenza A accounts for the majority of influenza detections worldwide. Of the subtyped influenza A viruses, influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 accounts for the majority of detections worldwide. However, circulating strains change over the year and we cannot predict which strains will be most prevalent in the United Kingdom this winter.

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