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Most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets, reveals EC report


Published today, a progress report on the 2009 Council Recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination reveals that of the 18 Member States who provided data on vaccination coverage for older age groups for the 2011-2012 flu season, only one – the Netherlands - has met the target of 75% coverage. The United Kingdom comes close, with 74% coverage, whereas the coverage reported by the remaining 16 countries ranges between 1.7% and 64.1%. For the other priority groups identified in the Recommendation – people with chronic conditions and healthcare workers, data was scarce (reports from only five and six countries, respectively), and reinforced the perception that little or no progress is being made to improve vaccination coverage among the target population.