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Jump in winter deaths last year is blamed on ineffective flu vaccine

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6392 (Published 25 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6392
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Excess deaths in England and Wales in 2014-15 were the highest for 15 years, the Office for National Statistics has reported, largely because of an ineffective flu vaccine.1

An estimated 43 900 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales from December to March 2014-15, the highest number since 1999-2000. Altogether, 27% more people died in the …

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