Winter flu jab to include swine flu20th September 2010
The swine flu vaccine is to be included in the winter flu jab, it has emerged.
It is the first time the two jabs have been combined and the move is seen as a bid to stop the virus returning.
However, the move also means people cannot refuse the swine flu jab without missing out on the winter flu injection as well.
The World Health Organisation has advised governments to keep issuing the vaccine during the post pandemic period to protect against a possible resurgence of the H1N1 strain and the Department for Health – which has more than 30 million swine flu vaccines left over – is implementing the advice immediately.
Figures show that about seven million people have the seasonal flu injection in the UK every year and last year 4.5 million had the swine flu inoculation.
Many did turn it down amid concerns that it had not been fully tested and European drug regulators conducted tests after reports of a possible link with narcolepsy.
But the Department of Health has said the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority had given the H1N1 inoculation the all-clear.
A spokeswoman said millions of vaccinations had been given out with no reported cases of narcolepsy in Britain.
“There is very little change to the seasonal flu vaccination which will still protect against a large number of flu viruses. It is simply that the swine flu vaccine has been added. People will be notified of this when they receive their invitation letters to get the jab so it won't be a surprise,” she added.
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Title: Winter flu jab to include swine flu
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 16102
Date Added: 20th Sep 2010