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Quick reference guide to the childhood flu vaccines for winter 2016 to 2017

Introduction

    • Those aged two, three or four years old on 31 August 2016 (but not five years) are eligible for flu vaccination
    • Children of school years 1 and 2 age (i.e. those aged five and six on 31 August 2016, rising to seven years old) are eligible for flu vaccination
    • At-risk children include those who have a long-term health conditions such as asthma, and other respiratory diseases, liver, kidney and neurological conditions including learning disabilities, even if well managed
    • The nasal spray vaccine is a ‘live’ vaccine but the viruses in it have been weakened so they can not cause flu. It is not suitable for all children, including those who are severely asthmatic or immunocompromised, or are on salicylate therapy. Children with egg allergy can have the nasal vaccine. However, parents whose children have a history of severe egg allergy should seek specialist advice. There is no suitable alternative flu vaccine available for otherwise healthy children
    • The vaccine will continue to be offered to primary school-aged childrenin former pilot areas
    • There are two types of flu vaccine available for children in 2016/2017—the ‘live’ nasal spray vaccine and the inactivated injected flu vaccine. The chart below indicates which vaccine children should get

Which flu vaccine should children receive?

which flu vaccine should children have

full guideline available from…
www.gov.uk/government/collections/annual-flu-programme

Public Health England. Which flu vaccine should children have? September 2016.
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First included: September 2015.