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Delays to flu vaccine

2nd October 2006

01072006_Vaccination1.jpgVulnerable people may have to wait for their flu vaccine after the Government confirmed stocks would arrive late.

High-risk groups usually receive their injection first; vulnerable people include the over-65s, people with respiratory conditions for example asthma, and those with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Delays in deliveries to GPs have occurred because earlier this year manufacturers were forced to switch to growing a flu strain for the vaccine called 161B when another strain, Wisconsin 161, failed to grow.

The Department of Health said there should be enough doses in the long-term but some patients would have to wait. They said that local flu co-ordinators would help in the process, but recommended that patients call up their surgery and ask about availability, adding that they could not give assurances that everybody who needed a vaccine would get one in October.

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