Health authorities have advised that seasonal flu vaccine can once again be given to children aged from 6 months to 5 years, using two specific brands, Vaxigrip and Influvac.
Vaccination in this age group had been suspended because of an increased risk of fever and febrile convulsions with another brand (Fluvax). However, the risk from Vaxigrip and Influvac is much smaller.
Children under 5 years who are at risk of serious complications (eg those with heart, lung or kidney conditions, diabetes or impaired immunity) are especially at risk. Discuss the pros and cons of vaccination with your GP.
Children aged 5 years and older and adults can continue to be vaccinated as usual. The vaccination is safe and effective in this age group.
There are no concerns about the swine flu vaccine itself, Panvax, which can be given to anyone over the age of 6 months wanting protection against swine flu, which is expected to be the main cause of flu in Australia this winter.
For further information:
- Speak to your GP
- Department of Health media statement
- Immunise Australia Q&A
- Ring the Immunise Australia Hotline: 1800 671 811
Last updated: 17 August 2010
- Please note this information was correct at time of publication.
- For up to date information, speak to your doctor.