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    27 February, 2018

The WHO Consultation on the Composition of Influenza Vaccines for the Northern Hemisphere 2018-2019 was held in Geneva, Switzerland on 19-21 February 2018. Following the Consultation, WHO made the following recommendation:

It is recommended that quadrivalent vaccines for use in the 2018-2019 influenza season (northern hemisphere winter) contain the following:

  •   an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  •   an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus;
  •   a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage); and
  •   a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).

It is recommended that the influenza B virus component of trivalent vaccines for use in the 2018-2019 northern hemisphere influenza season be a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus of the B/Victoria/2/87-lineage.

This recommendation includes a change in the B/Victoria-lineage component of the vaccine. The change was due to an increasing proportion of viruses in North America, Europe and elsewhere that are similar to the newly recommended vaccine virus B/Colorado/6/2017, which is somewhat different to the previous vaccine virus (B/Brisbane/60/2008).

See full details of the WHO recommendation
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