Health at a Glance: Europe 2010
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Health at a Glance: Europe 2010

This special edition of Health at a Glance focuses on health issues across the 27 European Union member states, three European Free Trade Association countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and Turkey. It gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries. Its 42 indicators present comparable data covering a wide range of topics, including health status, risk factors,  health workforce and health expenditure.

Each indicator in the book is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicators and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic and economic context within which health systems operate.   

This publication is the result of collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission, with the help of national data correspondents from the 31 countries.

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Publication Date :
01 Dec 2010
DOI :
10.1787/health_glance-2010-en
 
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Pages :
82–83
DOI :
10.1787/9789264090316-32-en

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Influenza is a common infectious disease worldwide and affects persons of all ages. Most people with the illness recover quickly, but elderly people and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for complications and even death. For example, between 2000 and 2008, influenza along with other acute upper respiratory infections accounted for about 44 000 hospitalisations per year in France and 77 000 in Germany. The impact of influenza on the employed population is substantial, even though most influenza morbidity and mortality occurs among the elderly and those with chronic conditions (e.g. 85-90% of people who die from influenza in France and Germany are over 65 years of age).