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Health at a Glance: Europe 2012

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This second edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union.  It is complemented by additional indicators on health expenditure and quality of care, building on the OECD expertise in these areas. Each indicator is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, a brief descriptive analysis highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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Influenza vaccination for older people

Influenza is a common infectious disease and affects people of all ages. WHO Europe reports that each year seasonal influenza affects between 5 to 15% of the population in the northern hemisphere. Most people with the illness recover quickly, but elderly people and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of complications and even death. In any particular year, influenza can have a substantial impact on the health of the population and the health care system (Nicholson et al., 2003; Simonsen et al., 2000).

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