Percentage of population getting influenza immunization in past year

What it measures

Dimension: Public Health

This indicator reports the percentage of individuals who received an influenza immunization, or flu shot, within the past year. A measure of the public health system’s ability to prevent disease is indicated by immunization rates.. Influenza is a preventable illness that is responsible for between 2,000 and 8,000 deaths in Canada each year, and 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide (depending on severity).

Why this matters

It is estimated that influenza vaccines may reduce hospitalization by 25% to 39% and overall mortality by 39% to 75% in non-institutionalized elderly people, thus higher immunization rates are a stronger indicator of a healthy population.

Data source 

Statistics Canada CANSIM Tables 105-4045 and 105-0501
Further information:
Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, National Population Health Survey
Statistics Canada: Influenza immunization 2008

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