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Dear colleague,

Welcome to the online Rapid Reference to Influenza Resource Center!

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott , Elsevier has created the online Rapid Reference to Influenza Resource Center to support you as health-care professional.

This online tool is in place to provide you with information on the influenza virus, its pathogenesis, epidemiology, and the related burden of disease and its health economic aspects. Additionally topics such as the molecular biology of influenza and the emergence of new influenza viruses are also addressed.

Adapted from the 2006 Rapid Reference to Influenza publication by J.C. Wilschut, J.E. McElhaney and A.M. Palache the content of this Resource Center provides up to date access to key information on influenza diagnosis, treatment and prevention. As highlighted in the Rapid Reference to Influenza book, the burden of influenza for society, not only from a clinical but also from an economic perspective, is often underestimated. It is therefore of great importance that the information available in this online Resource Center is up to date, reliable and easy to access.

Regular updates on the website will ensure that the information you find here addresses your needs in the struggle to reduce the outbreaks and burden of influenza. The first two chapters of this Resource Center are 'open-access'. At the third chapter we kindly ask you to register your details. Your information will allow us to include relevant content further adding to the functionality of this Resource Center. At no point will your details be used for commercial purposes or supplied to third parties.

We hope you will find this Rapid Reference to Influenza Resource Center educational and informative.

With kind regards,

The Rapid Reference to Influenza Resource Center Team

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Rapid Reference to Influenza is provided with an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott