WHO issues recommendations on next season’s flu vaccine composition

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By Shamard Charles, M.D.

The World Health Organization issued new recommendations Thursday on the composition of the influenza vaccines for use in the 2019-20 flu season in the Northern Hemisphere.

A WHO advisory group issued the recommendations after a meeting in Beijing sponsored by the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, which is part of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the country’s leading public health agency.

Between September and January, the H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B strains predominated globally. Most cases this season are the milder H1N1 variety.