Health at a Glance 2015

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). Compared with the previous edition, this new edition includes a new set of dashboards of health indicators to summarise in a clear and user-friendly way the relative strengths and weaknesses of OECD countries on different key indicators of health and health system performance, and also a special focus on the pharmaceutical sector. This edition also contains new indicators on health workforce migration and on the quality of health care.

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Influenza vaccination for older people

Influenza is a common infectious disease affecting 5%-10% of adults and 20%-30% of children. There are an estimated 3 to 5 million cases of severe influenza-related illness worldwide each year, and 250 000 to 500 000 deaths (WHO, 2014). Influenza can also have a major impact on health care systems. In the United States, it is estimated that each year, more than 200 000 people are hospitalised for respiratory and heart condition illnesses associated with seasonal influenza virus infections (Thompson et al., 2004). At certain times of the year, influenza can place health systems under significant stress. For example, in Ontario, Canada, the average annual rate of emergency department visits attributable to seasonal influenza is 500 per 100 000 population. This rate increased to an estimated 1 000 per 100 000 population during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 (Schanzer et al., 2013).

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