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UK will reserve bird flu vaccine for health workers

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:506
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    H5N1 bird flu vaccine will be for the exclusive use of NHS staff and other key public workers, ministers in the United Kingdom have confirmed. Contracts were announced with Baxter International and Chiron Corporation for about 3.5 million doses of the jab.

    Some experts have warned that British poultry workers might need the vaccine as the virus continues its move eastwards. Last week, H5N1 infection was confirmed in a turkey farm in France.

    But after announcing that the two batches were scheduled to arrive in May and October 2006, health minister Rosie Winterton made it clear that the vaccine was for …

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