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Parents are urged to vaccinate 2-3 year olds against flu as NHS warns of “twindemic”

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2335 (Published 28 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2335
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The UK Health Security Agency has urged parents to take up the offer to vaccinate their 2 and 3 year old children against flu this year, because of fears over a lack of natural immunity.

The UKHSA said that most young children will not have encountered flu yet, owing to pandemic restrictions that have reduced the spread of the virus over the past two winters. It is also urging people in eligible clinical risk groups and pregnant women to get vaccinated (box 1).

Box 1

Who is eligible for the flu vaccine?

  • All adults aged 50 years or over

  • People aged 5-49 in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women

  • People aged 5-49 who are …

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