The WHO said there were an estimated 1 billion cases of flu each year, resulting in 290,000 to 650,000 respiratory deaths.
"The question is not if we will have another pandemic, but when", said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement on the WHO website.
The world has suffered through a number of devastating influenzas pandemics, including the Spanish Flu, which in 1918 killed tens of millions of people globally.More news: Toyota's making a moon rover for Japan
To reach such an ambitious target, Ghebreyesus highlights global cooperation as paramount to the success of the strategy, in order to avoid a repeat of the H1N1 (Swine flu) pandemic of 2009 and 2010.
The new plan focuses on two overarching goals: developing better tools to prevent, detect, control and treat influenza, and building stronger country capacities for disease surveillance and response, prevention and control, and preparedness. "So, we really need to help countries strengthen their routine programs for influenza so that they build capacity not only for flu, but other emerging diseases".
Vaccines can help prevent some cases, and the WHO recommends annual vaccination - especially for people working in health care and for vulnerable people such as the old, the very young and people with underlying illness.
Its two main goals, the World Health Organization said, are to improve worldwide capacities for surveillance and response - by urging all governments to develop a national flu plan, and to develop better tools to prevent, detect, control and treat flu, such as more effective vaccines and antiviral drugs.More news: Guard J.R. Sweezy expected to sign with Cardinals
Due to its mutating strains, vaccine formulas must be regularly updated and only offer limited protection now.
"In a flawless world, everyone would be vaccinated", Friede told reporters in Geneva. While praising how far humanity has come, the health chief warns that we are nowhere near prepared enough. "This strategy aims to get us to that point", he said.
A big problem is that a pandemic strain has to be identified before a new vaccine can go into production, and that could take weeks or months.However, WHO officials say research is underway to speed up this process.More news: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro first sale today: Price, specifications, features