Winter came to Croatia in a hurry. Blasting cold northerly winds, dropping temperatures and a blanket of snow over the north of the country. And with winter comes the risk of catching the flu. Although according to the latest data from Eurostat is would seem that the elderly in Croatia aren’t too concerned about being laid up in bed with a high temperature, aching bones and thumping headaches.
Only 21.5 percent of the population over 65 years-old actually bother to have a vaccination against influenza. This figure doesn’t compare favourably with the rest of the European Union. Great Britain has the highest rate of vaccination, around 71 percent, followed by the Netherlands at just over 66 percent and France with 50 percent.
The lowest rate of vaccination in the EU goes to Estonia with only 1.6 percent of the population over 65 years-old and Poland with 9.7 percent. The vaccination against influenza in Croatia is free of charge for people over 65 years-old as well as for children.