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Questions over flu jabs; YourSay.

THE furore about flu jab shortages raises some serious questions of public interest which require proper investigation in the hope of avoiding the current shambles which has resulted in some vulnerable people being put in a potentially lifethreatening situation (Mail, January 14). Why should all children not be given the seasonal flu vaccine on request contrary to the so-called independent advice? The Prime Minister's comments that last year's national stock of vaccine was "slightly" different but that its use in the current outbreak of flu makes it "useful" are misleading because whilst the old vaccine is effective against the H1N1 strain, it, unlike the current seasonal vaccine, provides no protection against H3N2 or a strain of influenza B. The public have the right to know why supplies have run out in some places and what lessons can be learned for the future.

Exactly how many doses of this year's flu jab were ordered? Did the Government do enough to disseminate advice about vaccinaton? If not, why not? Should England adopt the central procurement policy of the vaccine as operated in Scotland and Wales where they have a surplus of this year's vaccine? Peter Henrick, Northfield
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 20, 2011
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