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

Public Health England

Influenza can be an unpleasant illness in children. Annual immunisation protects not only the individual child, but will also reduce the spread of the virus to their families and the wider community, therefore, protecting younger siblings, grandparents, and others who are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from influenza.

Two types of flu vaccine are available for children in 2015 to 2016—the ‘live’ nasal spray vaccine and the inactivated injected flu vaccine.

This Guidelines summary includes a useful algorithm that indicates which vaccine should be used.

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