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H1N1 vaccine is released in UK to meet demand for protection against flu

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d111
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

GPs in the United Kingdom are being given access to 12.7 million doses of vaccine against the H1N1 strain of influenza to ensure that everyone in groups considered at higher risk of developing serious illness can be immunised against the main circulating virus.

Speaking at an update briefing for journalists on 6 January, Sally Davies, the interim chief medical officer for England, said that there had been “stories” that some general practices were short of the seasonal flu vaccine, although she insisted that there was enough “seasonal flu vaccine in the system.”

Professor Davies refused to admit that GPs had …

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