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More may die as flu vaccine runs short

23rd November 2006

01072006_Vaccination1.jpgDoctors fear shortages in the flu vaccine could cost lives this winter.

GPs say pensioners are being left at risk because of delays in producing the vaccine.

Of 15.2m vaccines ordered, only nine million have been delivered, leaving millions of elderly and vulnerable people unprotected. The Department of Health said there would be enough jabs to go around, but admitted some deliveries may be late.

The flu caused around 12,000 deaths last year, despite low levels of flu.

A survey of GP practices shows just 37 per cent of patients over 65 have had their flu jab compared to 54 per cent in 2005 and 53 per cent in 2004.

The government said suppliers were on track to supply 13m vaccines by the end of November despite manufacturing problems.

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