Researchers at St George’s, University of London are calling for parents with children aged two years old this autumn to volunteer to take part in research looking at the effects of the nasal flu vaccine.  

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calendar-icon 2 October 2017

The flu vaccine causes a very mild flu infection and so protects against real flu but it can change the numbers of other bugs in the nose too. The researchers are conducting this study to find out whether this results in those bugs being passed around the family differently. 

The study will involve giving a nasal flu vaccine to the children and nose and saliva swabs from at least two other family members - five times over a two month period.

All participants will also be asked to complete a survey about their recent contacts with household members and other people.

For further details or to volunteer visit the study website or contact our team on 0208 725 2780/0208 725 4851 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In total, about 500 families will be involved in the study in five cities across the UK. The study will be coordinated by the Bristol Children's Vaccine Centre (University of Bristol) and is funded by the pharmaceuticals firm Pfizer and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.