Fewer than one third of older people are vaccinated in half the countries surveyed. Influenza vaccination coverage among high-risk groups has dropped in the European Region over the last seven years, and half the countries report a decrease in the number of vaccine doses available. These are the results of the first comprehensive overview of seasonal influenza vaccine coverage in the European Region of the World Health Organisation  between 2008/09  and 2014/15, conducted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Low uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in Europe jeopardises the capacity to protect people during annual epidemics and the next pandemic, the two organisations warn.

To read more about this on the WHO Europe website go to: WHO/Europe | Media centre – WHO Europe/ECDC joint statement: Low uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in Europe may jeopardise capacity to protect people in next pandemic