(added on 2015/11/17)
Action to protect senior citizens from influenza 預防長者感染流感行動
In Europe, the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recommended member states to develop policies and implement their own action plan on improving influenza vaccination coverage. The map shows if influenza vaccination action plans have been implemented, size of populations above age 65 and vaccination coverage among the senior citizens of European countries in the 2012-13 flu season.
Overall, the vaccination coverage rate of senior citizens reported in Europe varied widely across countries. Generally speaking, countries at higher ranking for their influenza vaccination action plan gave a higher vaccination coverage rate. United Kingdom, Netherlands and Ireland are good examples that illustrate such phenomenon as they gave a vaccination rate of over 50%. Italy and Sweden did not have any action plan but their vaccination coverage were high at 55% and 44% respectively.
Data for this map were obtained from reports of ECDC and Eurostat, the European Commission.
Remark 1: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are not member states of the European Union but they have completed surveys by ECDC.
Remark 2: Populations of age over 65 were assessed to measure vaccination rate of senior citizens in all countries except Malta (age 55), Germany, Iceland and the Netherlands (age 60).