Around 8,200 children from all over the world will be taking part in the trial of a new flu vaccine. The youngsters, 200 from the UK, will be between 12 and 35 months old. The Government recently announcement that children, from two to 17, will be offered annual flu vaccines from 2014.
Doctors at Southampton General Hospital are trialling a new four-part vaccine to protect children from the flu virus. It is hoped the new vaccine will be more effective in combatting the illness.
– Dr Saul Faust, a specialist in children's immunology and infectious diseases
"The quadrivalent influenza vaccine should give greater protection against the circulating flu viruses compared to the three strain version we have used in the past, but we need the help of parents to ensure we recruit quickly and complete the study vaccines before the main flu season starts."
A 'four-part' vaccine that could offer children much greater protection against flu viruses is being trialled at Southampton General Hospital.
Doctors are investigating the effectiveness of the quadrivalent influenza vaccine - the first to cover four different types of flu virus.