WHO report on influenza immunization in Europe

22 December 2020

Article: 54/5104

In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) set a target for influenza vaccination coverage to reach 75% of people aged 65 or over each year. The most recent data, published by the European Health Information Gateway for the period 2018 to 2019, finds that out of 28 reporting countries, only Belarus reached this target, with over 60% coverage being achieved by Ireland, Portugal, the Russian Federation and the UK.

The WHO report that most countries recommend vaccination for those aged 65 years and over, but in half of reporting countries, less than 35% of their older population were vaccinated in 2018 to 2019. Many countries also lack mechanisms to monitor vaccination coverage in target groups, such as older people.

Source: WHO, 15 December 2020