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Study: Flu vaccination rates in Canada, 2003 to 2013–2014

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Released: 2015-10-27

Almost one-third of Canadians aged 12 and older got a flu vaccination in 2013–2014. The latest data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) revealed that the percentage of people who got a flu vaccination was higher in 2013–2014 than in 2003 in all provinces and territories, except Ontario.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Age-standardized¹ flu vaccination² rates, population aged 12 and older, Canada, the provinces and territories³
Age-standardized¹ flu vaccination² rates, population aged 12 and older, Canada, the provinces and territories³

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that most people aged six months and older be vaccinated against the flu each year, and it set a national immunization target of 80% for groups at high risk of complications from the flu.

In 2013–2014, 64% of seniors 65 and older got a flu vaccination, down from 67% in 2003. The rate in 2013–2014 was below the national target for this at-risk group.

Among people in another high risk group—those aged under 65 with selected chronic conditions—about one-third got the flu vaccination, also below NACI's target rate.

  Note to readers

The study presents data from the 2003, 2005, 2007–2008, 2009–2010, 2011–2012 and 2013–2014 Canadian Community Health Surveys – Annual Component (CCHS–Annual). The CCHS–Annual is an on-going survey that collects health information for Canadians aged 12 and older.

Flu vaccination data refer to Canadians who received a flu vaccination within the 12 months prior to responding to the survey.

The survey excludes people living on reserves and other Aboriginal settlements, full-time members of the Canadian Forces, the institutionalized population and two health regions in northern Quebec.

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