Differences in national influenza vaccination policies across the European Union, Norway and Iceland 2008-2009.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/125883
Title:
Differences in national influenza vaccination policies across the European Union, Norway and Iceland 2008-2009.
Authors:
Mereckiene, J; Cotter, S; D'Ancona, F; Giambi, C; Nicoll, A; Levy-Bruhl, D; Lopalco, P L; Weber, J T; Johansen, K; Dematte, L; Salmaso, S; Stefanoff, P; Greco, D; Dorleans, F; Polkowska, A; O'Flanagan, D
Affiliation:
Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin, Ireland. jolita.mereckiene@hse.ie
Citation:
Differences in national influenza vaccination policies across the European Union, Norway and Iceland 2008-2009. 2010, 15 (44) Euro Surveill.
Journal:
Euro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/125883
PubMed ID:
21087586
Abstract:
In 2009 the second cross-sectional web-based survey was undertaken by the Vaccine European New Integrated Collaboration Effort (VENICE) project across 27 European Union (EU) member states (MS), Norway and Iceland (n=29) to determine changes in official national seasonal influenza vaccination policies since a survey undertaken in 2008 and to compare the estimates of vaccination coverage between countries using data obtained from both surveys. Of 27 responding countries, all recommended vaccination against seasonal influenza to the older adult population. Six countries recommended vaccination of children aged between six months and <18 years old. Most countries recommended influenza vaccination for those individuals with chronic medical conditions. Recommendations for vaccination of healthcare workers (HCW) in various settings existed in most, but not all countries. Staff in hospitals and long-term care facilities were recommended vaccination in 23 countries, and staff in out-patient clinics in 22 countries. In the 2009 survey, the reported national estimates on vaccine coverage varied by country and risk group, ranging from 1.1% - 82.6% for the older adult population; to between 32.9% -71.7% for clinical risk groups; and from 13.4% -89.4% for HCW. Many countries that recommend the influenza vaccination do not monitor the coverage in risk groups. In 2008 and 2009 most countries recommended influenza vaccination for the main risk groups. However, despite general consensus and recommendations for vaccination of high risk groups, many countries do not achieve high coverage in these groups. The reported vaccination coverage still needs to be improved in order to achieve EU and World Health Organization goals.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Adult; Age Factors; Child; Cross-Sectional Studies; European Union; Guidelines as Topic; Health Policy; Humans; Iceland; Immunization Programs; Influenza Vaccines; Influenza, Human; Internet; Norway; Vaccination
ISSN:
1560-7917

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dc.contributor.authorMereckiene, Jen
dc.contributor.authorCotter, Sen
dc.contributor.authorD'Ancona, Fen
dc.contributor.authorGiambi, Cen
dc.contributor.authorNicoll, Aen
dc.contributor.authorLevy-Bruhl, Den
dc.contributor.authorLopalco, P Len
dc.contributor.authorWeber, J Ten
dc.contributor.authorJohansen, Ken
dc.contributor.authorDematte, Len
dc.contributor.authorSalmaso, Sen
dc.contributor.authorStefanoff, Pen
dc.contributor.authorGreco, Den
dc.contributor.authorDorleans, Fen
dc.contributor.authorPolkowska, Aen
dc.contributor.authorO'Flanagan, Den
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-28T14:50:26Z-
dc.date.available2011-03-28T14:50:26Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationDifferences in national influenza vaccination policies across the European Union, Norway and Iceland 2008-2009. 2010, 15 (44) Euro Surveill.en
dc.identifier.issn1560-7917-
dc.identifier.pmid21087586-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/125883-
dc.description.abstractIn 2009 the second cross-sectional web-based survey was undertaken by the Vaccine European New Integrated Collaboration Effort (VENICE) project across 27 European Union (EU) member states (MS), Norway and Iceland (n=29) to determine changes in official national seasonal influenza vaccination policies since a survey undertaken in 2008 and to compare the estimates of vaccination coverage between countries using data obtained from both surveys. Of 27 responding countries, all recommended vaccination against seasonal influenza to the older adult population. Six countries recommended vaccination of children aged between six months and <18 years old. Most countries recommended influenza vaccination for those individuals with chronic medical conditions. Recommendations for vaccination of healthcare workers (HCW) in various settings existed in most, but not all countries. Staff in hospitals and long-term care facilities were recommended vaccination in 23 countries, and staff in out-patient clinics in 22 countries. In the 2009 survey, the reported national estimates on vaccine coverage varied by country and risk group, ranging from 1.1% - 82.6% for the older adult population; to between 32.9% -71.7% for clinical risk groups; and from 13.4% -89.4% for HCW. Many countries that recommend the influenza vaccination do not monitor the coverage in risk groups. In 2008 and 2009 most countries recommended influenza vaccination for the main risk groups. However, despite general consensus and recommendations for vaccination of high risk groups, many countries do not achieve high coverage in these groups. The reported vaccination coverage still needs to be improved in order to achieve EU and World Health Organization goals.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAge Factors-
dc.subject.meshChild-
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studies-
dc.subject.meshEuropean Union-
dc.subject.meshGuidelines as Topic-
dc.subject.meshHealth Policy-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIceland-
dc.subject.meshImmunization Programs-
dc.subject.meshInfluenza Vaccines-
dc.subject.meshInfluenza, Human-
dc.subject.meshInternet-
dc.subject.meshNorway-
dc.subject.meshVaccination-
dc.titleDifferences in national influenza vaccination policies across the European Union, Norway and Iceland 2008-2009.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin, Ireland. jolita.mereckiene@hse.ieen
dc.identifier.journalEuro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletinen

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