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The isirv Epidemiology Group was established at the Options for the Control of Influenza VIII conference in Cape Town in September 2013.


The purpose of the isirv Epidemiology Group is to promote the scientific understanding of how respiratory viruses spread in populations, to study the characteristics and consequences of epidemics, and to provide practical information on the effectiveness and impact of interventions and control measures to promote public health.


Epidemiology is the science of the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.

The scope of the isirv Epidemiology Group includes:

  1. the descriptive epidemiology of influenza and other respiratory viruses (patterns in incidence, severity and burden etc);
  2. characterization of transmission dynamics;
  3. design of epidemiologic studies;
  4. appropriate statistical and mathematical models for the analysis of epidemiologic data;
  5. estimation/prediction of the effectiveness of interventions and control measures.



Membership is open to all members of ISIRV. Members can join the isirv Epidemiology Group via the members' area of the ISIRV website.

Recent Activities

The first isirv Epidemiology Conference Incidence, Severity and Impact of Influenza 2016  took place at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France from January 21-22, 2016 with more than 100 international participants. It was agreed to hold regular scientific meetings and to take this SIG further in close collaboration with the ISIRV Board.


An isirv Epidemiology Panel will take place at the Options IX Conference in Chicago, IL, USA with the title:

Leveraging influenza surveillance infrastructure for the monitoring of non-influenza respiratory viruses

The Panel will be held on August 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Michigan B, Level 2, Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel with an international expert panel including representatives from WHO, ECDC, FDA and CDC. Interested members of ISIRV are invited to pre-register at


The isirv Epidemiology Group is also planning the development of scientific isirv Epidemiology Workgroups open to registered members.