Welcome to Influenza Foundation of India
Creating awareness on influenza
Who We Are
Influenza Foundation of India (IFI) aims to promote awareness of influenza among healthcare professionals, with the intention of enhancing control measures and boosting pandemic preparedness in the India region. By using this website you will find up-to-date information on the work of the IFI and on current issues in the field of influenza.
Influenza is a public health problem of collective concern to the community. Local initiatives seeking to address the burden and threats influenza poses, including morbidity, mortality and cost, are steadily materialising.
Mission and Objectives
Influenza Foundation of India has been founded with the mission
To improve knowledge on influenza disease and its epidemiology in India.
To disseminate unbiased scientific information on influenza to the medical community & the public.
To promote influenza pandemic preparedness activity in India.
To co-ordinate news and activities related to influenza, between the private sector and government.
To produce educational and scientific material for the medical community and the public.
The information provided does not imply medical recommendation or endorsement and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider. All medical information needs to be carefully reviewed with your health care professional.
Burden of Influenza
Seasonal influenza is a major burden on public health worldwide causing up to one million deaths each year. Annually it is estimated that it attacks 5-10% of adults and 20-30% of children globally and causes significant levels of illness, hospitalization and death.
Prevention of Influenza
The most effective way to prevent influenza or severe outcomes from the illness is vaccination. Safe and effective vaccines have been available and used for more than 60 years. Among healthy adults, influenza vaccine can prevent 70% to 90% of influenza-specific illness. Among the elderly, the vaccine reduces severe illnesses and complications by up to 60%, and deaths by 80%. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious influenza complications, and for people who live with or care for high-risk individuals.
Influenza Antiviral Drugs
Antiviral drugs for influenza are available in some countries and effectively prevent and treat the illness. There are two classes of such medicines:  Adamantanes (amantadine and remantadine), and  Inhibitors of influenza neuraminidase (oseltamivir and zanamivir).