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H1N1 vaccination begins as proportion of cases in hospital admitted to intensive care rises

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4291 (Published 19 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4291
  1. Sophie Cook
  1. 1BMJ

    The swine flu vaccination programme will begin on Wednesday 21 October, when the first vaccines are distributed to acute trusts for use in “very high risk” patients and healthcare professionals, the chief medical officer Liam Donaldson has announced.

    At the Department of Health briefing of 15 October, Professor Donaldson said that he was worried by the fact that the proportion of patients admitted to hospital who are going into intensive care has risen from one in eight to one in five.

    He said that the Pandemrix vaccine (GlaxoSmithKline) will reach acute trusts on 21 October and general practices and mental health trusts on 26 October. Celvapan (Baxter) will be distributed from 26 October and will be reserved for patients in priority groups with anaphylactic reactions to egg. …

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