Offer the flu vaccine to all children, experts urge

GPs are being urged to overcome their own negative perceptions of junior flu vaccine and consider vaccinating all children against influenza.

The spate of febrile adverse events from Fluvax in 2010 has resulted in both parents and GPs being wary of flu vaccination for under-fives, despite this group being at high risk of hospitalisation for complications, immunisation experts say. 

New findings from WA, where flu vaccine was offered free to children prior to 2010, show that flu immunisation rates for children collapsed from 42% to 7% in the