General vaccination of children against influenza?


Birger Trollfors, Department of Paediatrics, Queen Silvia Children's Hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital-East SE-416 85 Gothenburg Sweden. +46 31 34 34 000


Due to the high incidence of influenza in children, general vaccination has been discussed. There are, however, reasons to believe that general vaccination of children will not solve the influenza problem because influenza vaccines induce type-specific immunity of short duration.

Conclusion: Vaccination of several cohorts of children will be a tremendous commitment, probably with little hope of success in decreasing the morbidity and spread of influenza.