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UK health officials launch “five in one” vaccine for babies

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7462.365 (Published 12 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:365
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    A “five in one” vaccine for babies is being introduced throughout the United Kingdom from the end of September.

    The vaccine, which will give protection against whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), has already been adopted in Canada. The vaccine replaces the four in one vaccine, which excludes polio vaccine (currently given orally).

    Government ministers and health officials emphasised that the move, one of several changes in the childhood immunisation programme, will make immunisation safer and more efficient.

    Professor Elizabeth Miller, head of …

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