Evaluation of seasonal influenza vaccination policies and coverage in the WHO European Region

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To assess progress toward the joint goal of 75% influenza vaccination coverage among the elderly, WHO/Europe in partnership with the VENICE Collaboration and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control conducted a survey among the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region.

The results highlight large variations in national policies for seasonal influenza vaccination and coverage. In addition to low vaccine uptake among the elderly in a number of countries, few countries have systems in place to monitor vaccine uptake in main target groups including health care workers, persons with underlying conditions, residents of long-term care facilities and pregnant women. In a number of countries, the supply of influenza vaccines is limited.

The survey is intended to provide a baseline from which to measure future improvements in seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in the Region.