The move comes as flu cases continue to dominate the headlines, particularly in the UK where H1N1 is believed to have caused more than 250 deaths since September 2010.
However, there are signs that the epidemic may have peaked with hospitals and GPs reporting fewer new cases.
The Commission says immunisation provides the most reliable and effective protection against influenza but warns that vaccination rates are patchy across the continent.
“Levels of immunisation of the risk groups in the EU are very variable and often low. Hence in 2009 the EU Health Ministers (the Health Council) made a commitment to improve the protection of older people and those with chronic illnesses.”
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