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Over half of patients 'turn down swine flu jab'.

Summary: More than half of patients are turning down the swine flu swine flu
A highly contagious form of human influenza caused by a filterable virus identical or related to a virus formerly isolated from infected swine.
 vaccine, a snapshot survey suggests.

More than half of patients are turning down the swine flu vaccine, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 a snapshot survey.

A poll of 107 GPs, who are signed up to Pulse Magazine's SMS (1) (Storage Management System) Software used to routinely back up and archive files. See HSM.

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 alerts, has found that some people were concerned about possible side-effects of the jab, while others believed there was no need to have it because the virus is mild.

Family doctors are currently vaccinating people at high risk from swine flu, including pregnant women, health workers and those with asthma, heart disease and diabetes.

The poll of GPs in England found resistance to the jab was particularly high among pregnant women and, overall, only 46 per cent of patients offered the vaccine are thought to have said yes.

One family doctor estimated that as few as one in 20 pregnant women were opting to have the vaccine.

Last week, the Government published online information and leaflets aimed at persuading pregnant women to have the vaccine. The number of new swine flu infections is currently hovering around 64,000 a week in England.

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Date:Nov 20, 2009
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