Influenza is a serious infectious disease with potentially serious consequences. Every year in the EU, the ECDC estimates that on average 40,000 premature deaths occur due to seasonal influenza. Globally this figure rises to 500,000 (WHO). Nevertheless, influenza can be prevented, achieving important health and economic benefits. These benefits can be optimised if the EU Member States were to reach the 75% vaccination coverage target agreed upon by the Council for the elderly and at risk groups.
Watch our video on the Annual Health and Economic Benefits of Influenza Vaccination in the EU here.
For more information:
- Read the full study on which the data shown in the video is based
- Have a sneak peek at our infographic on the immense benefits of implementing good influenza vaccination programmes
- Check out the WHO fact sheet on the basic facts and figures of seasonal influenza
- Get regular news and epidemiological updates on influenza activity in Europe from the ECDC