CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON INFLUENZA STATUS IN PAKISTAN : CURRENT POLICY, CHALLENGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Influenza is a major public health issue across the globe and developing countries especially facing a threatening situation because of lack of effective policies and limited health care resources. Pakistan, a developing country, ranked 6th among populous countries of the globe with urban population share 40% where influenza virus spreads in early October of the year 2017 and its prevalent activity rises to a maximum by the end of the year. Influenza is endemic in Pakistan and affects all age groups. A major reason for unsuccessful planning and implementation of anti-influenza coverage programs is that current policies are not synchronized with the needs of the population. Effective surveillance network, ensuring sufficient vaccination supply and anti-viral medication corresponding to public needs are important steps to take.