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 1947 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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Contact
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (VIDRL)
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
792 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

T +61 3 9342 9300
F +61 3 9342 9329
whoflu@influenzacentre.org



We received 795 samples during June 2014

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10th Australian Influenza Symposium

Registrations are now open for the 10th Australian Influenza Symposium.

This year's symposium will be held at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne on 12-13 November 2014.

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Please send us your samples!

The WHO Consultation on the Composition of Influenza Vaccines for the Southern Hemisphere 2015 will be held in September - please send us your samples now so we can process them prior to the Consultation.

Instructions for shipping samples