A(H1N1) Influenza, message from Commissioner VassiliouComments Off on A(H1N1) Influenza, message from Commissioner Vassiliou

« No reason to panic »
“In times of potential crisis it is important that people receive clear, consistent and up-to-date information about the fast changing situation. The Health Emergency Operations Facility of the Commission is in 24 hour contact with the EU Member States, ECDC, WHO, and with the United States and Mexico to monitor the Influenza A(H1N1) and to coordinate EU response.

Nobody should underestimate the situation, but there is no reason to panic either. We have been preparing ourselves in the EU for an event such as this for some years. Experience gained in recent years (SARS and Avian Influenza) has put us in a much stronger position. We have more robust surveillance and alert mechanisms in place.

In close collaboration with our partners throughout the world and with transparent information, we will continue to do all we can to protect the health of EU citizens.”

Androulla Vassiliou, EU Health Commissioner