Health at a Glance: Europe 2016

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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This fourth edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries, 5 candidate countries to the EU and 3 EFTA countries. This 2016 edition contains two main new features: two thematic chapters analyse the links between population health and labour market outcomes, and the important challenge of strengthening primary care systems in European countries; and a new chapter on the resilience, efficiency and sustainability of health systems in Europe, in order to align the content of this publication more closely with the 2014 European Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems. This publication is the result of a renewed collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission under the broader "State of Health in the EU" initiative, designed to support EU member states in their evidence-based policy making.



Childhood vaccination programmes

All EU countries have established vaccination programmes based on the appraisal of the epidemiology of diseases and the availability of vaccines which have been proven to be safe and effective for prophylactic use. Measles, diphtheria and pertussis are highly infectious diseases spread through human contact while tetanus is often acquired through a wound or skin puncture. Effective vaccination is available for all of these diseases and usually managed by the primary health care system (see ). These vaccines are part of larger childhood vaccinations efforts across the European Union.



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