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175 volunteers sign up as swine flu vaccine guinea pigs

Published 08/08/2009

The UK’s first swine flu vaccine trial is being carried out, it has been disclosed.

Some 175 people have enrolled at Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI).

Results of the trial, which is testing different doses of the vaccine, may be available in four to six weeks’ time, a statement from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said.

Volunteers receive two shots of vaccine and their blood will be tested to show their levels of immunity. The trial will also establish how far apart the dose needs to be given, the statement said.

The news comes as it was disclosed ministers were considering plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK against swine flu.

New Government figures show the number of people diagnosed with swine flu dropped from 110,000 to 30,000 in the last seven days. But there have been nine new deaths related to the virus in the last week, and 36 people have now died.

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