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Vaccinations for swine flu to begin

2nd October 2009

England's Chief Medical Officer has confirmed that "high risk" members of the population will be given the swine flu vaccine at the end of October.

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Sir Liam Donaldson said that if everything went well and "according to plan" then people would begin to be vaccinated by the end of the month.

Recent statistics have shown that the number of people infected with the virus is increasing.

The Health Protection Agency said there were 14,000 new cases of swine flu in England over the last week, in comparison to 9,000 for the previous seven days.

Sir Liam said there had been a "steady" increase, but cases had not doubled in a week, which was something they were worried about.

He said: "There is a steady rate of increase, but there is no sign of the explosive surge you can see in a pandemic. There is still time for that to happen."

Members of the population who are considered at high-risk, and are aged six months to 65, will be given the vaccine first.

Pregnant women, the elderly and people who have chronic lung disease, diabetes, asthma and heart disease will then be given the jab. 

286 patients have been given treatment in hospital for swine flu in the past seven days. The number of patients has increased from 218 from the previous week.

36 patients were receiving treatment in intensive care, in comparison to 25 in the week before.

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