The WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) in Melbourne is part of the World Health Organization Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). The network was established in 1952 to monitor the frequent changes in influenza viruses with the aim of reducing the impact of influenza through the use of vaccines containing currently circulating strains.

Together with the WHO Collaborating Centres in Atlanta, Beijing, London and Tokyo, we are responsible for analysing influenza viruses currently circulating in the human population in different countries around the world. This information is used by the WHO to make recommendations on appropriate viruses to be included in annual seasonal influenza vaccines for the northern and southern hemispheres. We also undertake research, training and regional capacity building activities related to influenza.
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WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (VIDRL)
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
792 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

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We received 453 samples during October 2015

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WHO vaccine recommendation for southern hemisphere 2016 announced

The WHO has made its recommendation for viruses to be included in the the vaccine for the 2016 influenza season (southern hemisphere).

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Reagent kits for typing influenza isolates available

Kits containing reagents for 2015 for the identification of isolates using the HI assay are currently available from the Centre.

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