Seasonal influenza vaccines
Facts about influenza vaccination
Influenza is a vaccine preventable disease and influenza vaccines have been available for use in Europe since the 1960s.
Infographic: Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?
Every year flu is different, so every year you need an updated vaccine. Usually, a flu vaccination reduces the risk by 60%. In a bad year, the seasonal flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by only 20% to 30% in the overall population.
The Vaccination Schedule is an interactive platform of vaccination schedules for individual European countries and specific age groups.
Priority risk groups for influenza vaccination
ECDC guidance on seasonal influenza vaccination of children and pregnant women
Vaccine recommendations and vaccination coverage
The main public health intervention to prevent influenza is vaccination. To protect vulnerable individuals and reduce transmission, vaccination is also recommended for healthcare workers.
More about immunisation
Immunisation and vaccines
Vaccines represent one of the most effective and cost-saving public health intervention.Read more
Vaccine hesitancy refers to delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services. Vaccine hesitancy is complex and context specific varying across time, place and vaccines. It includes factors such as complacency, convenience and confidence.Read more