The flu vaccine Preflucel has been recalled and withdrawn from thousands of surgeries and pharmacies across Europe amid fears the vaccine’s side effects are making people ill.

Around 300,000 doses of the vaccine are to be immediately withdrawn following fears that the most recent batch is causing side-effects. A high percentage of those vaccinated with Preflucel have experienced fatigue, muscle pain and headaches.

Newbury-based Baxter Healthcare, which manufacturers the drug, approved for use in March said that patients with concerns should contact their GP.

A statement read: ‘There has been a higher than expected reporting of adverse reactions after administration of vaccines from this batch.