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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Flu vaccine Preflucel withdrawn in alert over side-effects‎

The flu vaccine Preflucel has been recalled and withdrawn from thousands of surgeries and pharmacies across Europe amid fears the vaccine’s side effects are making people ill. Around 300,000 doses of the vaccine are to be immediately withdrawn following fears that the most recent batch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

Research suggest that almost half of the population may have caught swine flu during the 2009 / 2010 pandemic – although many of those who had shown positive test results didn’t realise it. Bloods taken from over 1,600 Britons after

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Department of Health proposal to centralise flu vaccine stock

The UK Department of Health is reviewing how flu vaccines are ordered following local shortages in two of the past six seasons. According to recent reports, proposals under consultation could see GPs in England ordering seasonal influenza vaccines from a

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Millions at risk of flu complications went unvaccinated in England

Chief medical officer for England demands big increase in take-up for 2011-12 ‘flu season’, warning health authorities to order enough supplies now The chief medical officer for England has demanded a big increase in take-up for the 2011-12 ‘flu season’.

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Child flu vaccine warning for GPs after mixups

GPs are being urged to take care with the seasonal flu jab amid reports some youngsters have received the wrong one. The UK’s Medical Defence Union said it knew of a handful of recent cases in which children were given

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