ECDC scientific advice on seasonal influenza vaccination of children and pregnant women
The aim of this guidance document is to provide EU/EEA Member States and EU bodies with relevant information to make an informed decision on routine vaccination of healthy children and pregnant women with seasonal influenza vaccine. The options presented in this document are based on a systematic review of the literature and the opinions of a group of independent experts; the expert group also provided additional literature. The aims of the systematic review were to collect, critically appraise and summarise: European data and data from other Western countries on burden of seasonal and... pandemic influenza (e.g. incidence, hospitalisations, mortality, and complications) in children and pregnant women; European data and data from other Western countries on burden of seasonal and pandemic influenza in young children when their contacts are vaccinated; European data only on the safety, efficacy, effectiveness and cost effectiveness of available seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines in children and pregnant women.