The ESR led SHIVERS (Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness, Research and Surveillance) project is a five year multi-million dollar project funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It aims to increase understanding of the burden of influenza and how to prevent its spread around the world.
Every year flu travels around the world following the winter season, mutating as it goes. By the time it comes back south for the next winter it’s often in the form of an entirely new strain, and could be resistant to last year’s treatment.
That’s why it’s vital we try and accurately identify the disease in all its forms, from mild infection through to hospitalisation and even death.
Our flu season often predicts what will happen in the northern hemisphere so along with our highly computerised health system and close working relationships, New Zealand is an ideal location to collect, collate and analyse high quality data to share with health agencies around the world.
SHIVERS Project Office
Tel: +64 4 529 0600
Fax: +64 4 529 0601