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Influenza vaccine is delayed by problems in growing virus strain

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:721
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    General practices in the United Kingdom may face delays in receiving supplies of flu vaccine this winter after problems with growing one of the virus strains, forcing manufacturers to switch to another variation of the strain.

    The government's director of immunisation, David Salisbury, said that although the total amount of vaccine ordered this year had risen from 14.5 million to 15.2 million doses, only nine million of those doses would be available by the end of October, compared with 10 million last year.

    As a result some surgeries would receive their supplies later than usual, and some patients would have to …

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