The influenza vaccine licensing process

Vaccine. 2003 May 1;21(16):1786-8. doi: 10.1016/s0264-410x(03)00073-2.


Influenza vaccines are unique because they require a licensing process which includes a procedure for rapid annual updates to vaccine strains. The licensing procedures in the European Union and the USA are described as examples. In the event of an influenza pandemic, vaccines will be required urgently and licensing process should reflect such needs.

MeSH terms

  • Drug Approval / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • European Union
  • Influenza Vaccines*
  • United States


  • Influenza Vaccines