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Central European Vaccination Advisory Group (CEVAG) guidance statement on recommendations for influenza vaccination in children

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Influenza vaccination in infants and children with existing health complications is current practice in many countries, but healthy children are also susceptible to influenza, sometimes with complications. The under-recognised burden of disease in young children is greater than in elderly populations and the number of paediatric influenza cases reported does not reflect the actual frequency of influenza.

CEVAG recommends the introduction of universal influenza vaccination for all children from the age of 6 months. Special attention is needed for children up to 60 months of age as they are at greatest risk.

Individual countries should decide on how best to implement this recommendation based on their circumstances.