Pharmacies refuse children swine flu jab4th January 2011
Experts have warned that there could be a sharp rise in the number of flu cases as people go back to school and work.
Pharmacies in the UK have been turning away children whose parents wish them to have the flu jab.
High street chemists have refused to give jabs to children aged under 18 because they say doing so would break company rules.
Superdrug, Boots, Tesco and Lloyds Pharmacy said they were not able to provide the jab to children.
Healthy children are not eligible to receive a jab free of charge from the NHS, but the Department of Health has said that private pharmacies are able to provide the vaccine.
A spokeswoman for Lloyds Pharmacy stated that they were thinking of reviewing the rules around children receiving the vaccine.
"We understand that there is frustration from parents who want to vaccinate their children this winter and we will look to review this to consider if in future flu seasons we can offer flu vaccinations to younger patients."
Professor John Oxford, an expert in virology at St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospital, said children who were in high-risk groups should receive the jab without delay.
"This virus is not going to go away next week. Even if it's already peaked, it's still going to be around for the next couple of weeks and it's still worthwhile being vaccinated at this stage," he added.
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Title: Pharmacies refuse children swine flu jab
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 17156
Date Added: 4th Jan 2011