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Private flu vaccines should be banned

11th January 2011

Dr Clare Gerada, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, has said healthy people should let others from high-risk groups receive the flu vaccination first. 

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There have been reports that some doctors in the UK no longer have supplies of the vaccine in stock and have been using the 2009 vaccine instead.

Dr Gerada told The Telegraph that private vaccines had increased the problem, leading to a shortage of supply for the NHS.

She later told the BBC: "I'm not necessarily suggesting it should be banned but...we should be targeting those most at need and those that aren't in the risk group should wait for those who are in the risk groups to get what they require to prevent them becoming seriously ill."

The Department of Health stated that it did not have the ability to stop chemists from providing the vaccine for sale.

A spokesman for the DH said: "Pharmacies are private businesses and we are not able to prevent them from selling the vaccine commercially."

Almost 15 million doses of the flu vaccine have been delivered to the UK and some pharmacies are offering the jab for £15.

Dr Gerada said to The Telegraph the private flu jabs had disrupted the "delicate balance" of availability and the government should look into stopping it.

 

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