Adult flu vaccination coverage in England and internationally
Routine influenza vaccinations are a marker of the quality of primary care and have been recommended in the UK for selected population groups as they can help prevent serious complications and potentially also unnecessary deaths. Here we look at England's flu vaccination coverage for people over the age of 65 as well as how the UK compares to a selection of OECD countries.
For the schedule of vaccinations please see the NHS Choices website,
For all vaccinations some caution should be exercised when comparing coverage figures over time due to data quality issues reported by some data providers. Apparent trends could reflect changes in the quality of data reported as well as real changes in vaccination coverage. Please see individual data collections for any additional information associated with this data.
Definitions and comparability for all the indicators discussed above are taken directly from the OECD report Health at a Glance 2013: OECD indicators. Detailed information about the definitions and the source and methods for each country can be found on the OECD website.
'Influenza vaccination rate' refers to the number of people aged 65 and over who have received an annual influenza vaccination, divided by the total number of people over 65 years of age. The main limitation in terms of data comparability arises from the use of different data sources, whether survey or programme, which are susceptible to different types of errors and biases. For example, data from population surveys may reflect some variation due to recall errors and irregularity of administration. A number of countries changed the way in which influenza vaccination rates were calculated between 2005 and 2011. These countries are: Chile, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.