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Scientific Influenza and ARI Center

Scientific Influenza and ARI Center “L.V. Gromashevskiy Institute of Epidemiology
and Infectious Diseases Nationl Academy of Medical Science of Ukraine”

There are 142 national influenza centers in 112 countries of the world, which are engaged in control of influenza and ARI in specific territories. These Centers also carry out communications, exchange operational information on spread of influenza and viruses isolated in different countries. A well-established influenza control system allows for prompt detection of the emergence of novel strains with an epidemic potential.

Ukraine also has the Ukrainian Influenza and ARI Center functioning for over 40 years, and it was recognized by WHO as National Influenza Center in Ukraine in 2007. Today the Center if functioning in the base of “L.V. Gromashevskiy Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases National Academy of Medical Science of Ukraine”, 5 M. Amosova str., Kyiv, 03680. WHO confirms the status of Scientific Influenza and ARI Center as National Influenza Center in Ukraine yearly.

The Center has the following tasks:

  • Carrying out organizational and methodological work on influenza in the country.
  • Ongoing surveillance of influenza and ARI morbidity using the data from cities of Ukraine, which are located in the different geographical areas. Information about the quantity of flu and ARI diseased arrives from these cities to the Scientific Center on a weekly basis. It allows to determine the epidemic onset at once and to provide recommendation to health authorities on introducing changes in organizational work under new conditions and timely information for response on complication of epidemic situation.
  • Surveillance of circulation of influenza viruses on the territory of the country and influenza virus identification.
  • Sending influenza viruses isolated in Ukraine to global influenza centers for confirmation and detailed examination. WHO considers the results of the studied influenza viruses in the process of developing recommendations on strain composition of influenza vaccines for every new epidemic season.
  • Epidemiological and etiological forecasting of a future epidemic. Health services need such forecast to plan their work under epidemic conditions (introduction of the bed re-specialization mode, engagement of additional resources and facilities, creation of essential medicine stocks, etc.), as well as for procurement of relevant influenza vaccines necessary in this epidemic season.