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At risk groups and pregnant women urged to take flu jab

Data published by the Department of Health yesterday revealed that  just one in three in at-risk groups and 14 per cent of pregnant women have come forward for the flu jab. The government have been quick to respond and has

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Britain on alert for Killer “Super Flu”

According to leading Flu experts, the UK should be on alert for a a new strain killer flu which could spread to ­Britain within 24 hours. They have gone as far as to dub it as “one of the biggest

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Could social media track flu outbreaks?

New research from the Bristol University suggests that social media could be used to track an events such as flu outbreaks. A team from the Universities Intelligent Systems Laboratory have built a predictive model that was able to identify keywords

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North Somerset NHS urges pregnant women to get the flu jab

According to NHS North Somerset thousands of pregnant women could be putting both themselves and their unborn baby at risk if they do not get a free flu jab provided by the NHS. Over  2,000 women in the North Somerset area

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A new generation flu vaccines ‘urgently needed’

Researchers who analysed over 40 years of data have  concluded the current  crop of vaccines offers only inadequate protection against seasonal flu outbreaks and serious pandemics alike. Evidence for their effectiveness in older individuals was lacking, according the researchers who

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Flu vaccine Preflucel withdrawn in alert over side-effects‎

The flu vaccine Preflucel has been recalled and withdrawn from thousands of surgeries and pharmacies across Europe amid fears the vaccine’s side effects are making people ill. Around 300,000 doses of the vaccine are to be immediately withdrawn following fears that the most recent batch

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Flu Vaccine storage warnings to health practices

After the fiasco with flu vaccines shortages in previous years, the government is urging health practices to consider their vaccine storage arrangement before the onslaught of the seasonal flu. The government is anticipating an increase in the uptake of the

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Universal flu vaccine “within five years”

A universal flu vaccine that protects against all strains of the virus may be “within reach” in the next five years, replacing the need for annual flu vaccines that target specific season strains. Speaking to USA today, Francis Collins said that

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Swine flu breath test could save needless vaccinations

A new breath test which measures the immunity to swine flu (H1N1) could ease future shortages of the vaccine by identifying those who already have the strain. The test measures biomolecules which body produces in response to the virus. A

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Flu vaccine while pregnant ‘protects baby’

A study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecolog found that infants born to mothers who received the flu vaccine during pregnancy were between 45 to 48% less likely to be admitted to hospital with laboratory-confirmed influenza. US

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