Study examining how flu impacts children’s immune systems seeks participants

Australian researchers examining how the flu affects the immune response of young children are looking for children to take part in a new study.

The research, a partnership between Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, will ultimately help scientists develop more effective flu vaccines, and participating children (aged six months to five years) will be vaccinated against flu and monitored over a year.

“The chief aim of the study is to assist in the creation of a more effective universal influenza vaccine,” University of Melbourne Professor Kanta Subbarao said.

To be eligible for the study children must not have had this year’s flu vaccine and must be between six months and five years of age. Participating children will receive the influenza vaccine and have three blood tests this year, and the next year.

Interested parents from NSW can contact the flu surveillance team at Children’s Hospital at Westmead for more information on (02) 9845 1320 or email SCHN-CHW-CIERS@health.nsw.gov.au

Parents outside of NSW can contact the SAEFVIC flu surveillance team at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne for more information on (03) 9345 5066 or email paeds.study@mcri.edu.au