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Last updated: 23 June 2011

Children under 5 years and the seasonal flu vaccine

Chief Medical Officer: updated 1 June 2010

"As a precaution, we recommend healthy children aged under 5 years should not be vaccinated with any of the 2010 TIVs until further notice. As an alternative, children may be vaccinated with the pandemic H1N1 vaccine (Panvax®), which is not affected by the suspension.

Children aged under 5 years with predisposing medical conditions are between 2 to 6 times more likely to be hospitalised following an influenza infection compared with healthy children. Where a child has medical risk factors, vaccination with Panvax® may be given. For broader protection, vaccination with one of the 2010 seasonal vaccines, with a preference for Influvac® or Vaxigrip® (where available), may be considered, based on a clinical evaluation of the risks and benefits for the individual child and agreement on the best clinical management with the parents."

For more imformation (for doctors and patients), please read the following documents:

CMO's letter to GPs 

Questions and Answers: for GPs

National approach: Protect 2010

Fact Sheet (public information)