It is recommended that all patients with PCD have an annual flu vaccination. There are now two types of ways to deliver this vaccination – the LAIV which is delivered via the nose or by injection.
We have been advised by our PCD Specialists that they recommend that all PCD patients continue to have the vaccination by injection as there is still little evidence that the LAIV is 100% effective in children with congested noses.
Unaffected siblings that are offered the LAIV should receive it as it is likely to be more effective in this group than the injection. They may be slightly symptomatic after it (congested nose, cough), if so, they should take the same cross-infection precautions as if they have a cold i.e. good hand washing and avoidance of coughing and spluttering all over other family members.
If your PCD child has already received the nasal flu vaccination there is no need to be alarmed, it is unlikely to be a problem but if they become symptomatic with increased cough they can discuss with their PCD centre with regard to starting an antibiotic.
For more information then please contact us or your Respiratory Nurse Specialist.