Public Health England has updated documents summarising information on available flu vaccines and which flu vaccines children and young people should receive
As part of the annual flu programme, Public Health England has published:
- an updated version of Which flu vaccine should children and young people have?
- Flu vaccines for the 2021 to 2022 season.
These documents summarise which flu vaccines are available in the UK and which types are appropriate for a given at-risk group or age range, offering a convenient guide for healthcare professionals carrying out the flu vaccination programme.
Flu vaccination is expected to be more important this year because of coronavirus, as patients already at higher risk from coronavirus are also at greater risk of problems with flu. Research also shows that patients who catch flu and coronavirus at the same time are more likely to be seriously ill than those who only catch one.
The flu vaccine can be given to people who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (i.e. are on the NHS shielded patient list).
Vaccines for the 2021–2022 flu season
For the flu season of 2021–2022, five types of vaccine have been procured:
- live attenuated infuenza vaccine
- quadrivalent egg-grown infuenza vaccine (for which two brands are available)
- quadrivalent cell-grown infuenza vaccine
- recombinant quadrivalent influenza vaccine
- adjuvanted quadrivalent influenza vaccine.
For more detailed information on which age ranges and risk groups should be offered flu vaccination, refer to the Guidelines Summary of flu immunisation guidance for England 2021–2022.