GPs face delays in getting flu vaccine

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 08 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5638
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A fifth of general practices in England and Wales face delays in receiving flu vaccine supplies, just as this year’s campaign gets under way.

One of the major suppliers of seasonal flu vaccine, Sanofi-Pasteur MSD, which supplies about 20% of GPs with flu vaccine, has reported packaging problems, which means that some practices may not get all their supplies until mid-November.

A company spokesman said, “We are currently facing an unforeseen bottleneck in our packaging facilities, which has temporarily impacted our ability to deliver all the doses we have produced. We are doing everything …

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