Which type of flu vaccine will I require?
There are several types of flu vaccine. You will be offered one that is most effective for you, depending upon your age, from the following:
- children aged 2 to 18 years, in an eligible group are offered a live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV), given as a nasal spray
- adults aged 18 to 64 years who are either pregnant, or at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition, are offered a quadrivalent injected vaccine. The vaccine offered will have been grown either in eggs or cells (QIVe or QIVc) – both of which are considered to be equally effective
- adults aged 65 years and over will be offered either an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine grown in eggs (aTIV) or a cell grown quadrivalent injected vaccine (QIVc). Both vaccines are considered to be equally effective. Note: If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under the age of two. Some children over the age of two who are in a high-risk group will also need to have an injected vaccine if the live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine is not suitable for them.