Seasonal influenza vaccines

Seasonal influenza is a vaccine-preventable disease and annual influenza vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza. ECDC continues to emphasise that all Europeans who are recommended to have the influenza vaccine should get vaccinated.  Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious influenza complications: Individuals with specific chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and children aged 6-59 months, the elderly and healthcare workers.

From influenza season 2023/24 onwards, all influenza data will be covered in the European Respiratory Virus Surveillance Summary (ERVISS), developed jointly by the ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The reports are published weekly on the website and provide key data and analysis on a variety of issues including influenza intensity, circulating virus types/subtypes, and virus characteristics (vaccine effectiveness, pathogenicity, and susceptibility to antiviral treatments).


EU resources on influenza vaccination


Page last updated 27 Oct 2023