Partner Key Messages on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Commemoration

2018 marks the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic; a devastating, global public health tragedy. Many public health advances have been made since that time, such as improved understanding of influenza viruses, advancements in influenza vaccines, treatments, and preparedness planning and response. However, influenza viruses continue to pose one of the world’s greatest infectious disease challenges, and the risk of the next influenza pandemic is always present. Public health experts, as well as domestic and international partners are working together to address remaining gaps, to minimize the effects of future influenza pandemics.