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H1N1 Vaccinations Rolled Out in UK


A mass H1N1 immunization program began in the UK with the country's health minister urging all priority groups to take up the vaccine.

Health and social care workers are among those identified in the "priority" group given first access to the vaccine against the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.

The vast majority of people will be offered GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix vaccination, made using chicken eggs, according to the Department of Health.

The Department of Health says that it has placed enough orders for the entire UK population of 60 million to be vaccinated against H1N1 swine flu.

The country's National Health Service (NHS) staff , who have in the past been reluctant to take the seasonal flu vaccines, were urged to take the swine flu jab.

Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson said in a statement: "It's important for frontline health and social care workers to have the vaccine.

A total of 228 deaths have been reported in Europe since April, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

France started immunizing health-care workers against swine flu Tuesday. Germany will roll out its vaccine program next week and Ireland in early November, while Spain is expected to start vaccinating in mid-November.

* A full list of h1n1 vaccine ingredients, alerts and warnings.


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October 26, 2009

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