EU Member states fail to reach influenza uptake target

A new report by the ECDC has revealed that “none of the European Union (EU) Member States could demonstrate that they reach the EU target of 75% influenza vaccination coverage for vulnerable groups”

Very few Member States came close to achieving the 75% target, prompting Pasi Penttinen, ECDC Head of Influenza Disease Programme, to say:

“The results of this survey have shown that achieving high vaccination coverage rates for those particularly at risk of developing severe complications remains a serious public health challenge. The best way to prevent or minimize severe disease from influenza among vulnerable groups is timely vaccination, even though the effectiveness of the vaccine varies depending on the virus in circulation. Sufficient vaccination coverage also saves healthcare systems money in decreased consultation rates and hospitalisations.”