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Flu vaccines shortage in some areas

The Government has admitted some parts of England are short of flu vaccines and is considering bringing in more stocks from Europe.

Suppliers have been asked to contact their factories in Europe for a count of how many stocks of UK-licensed vaccine are available.

The Government has no central stockpile of seasonal flu vaccines, which are ordered every year by GPs and delivered to surgeries.

The Department of Health (DoH) issued a statement following reports of patients being unable to get jabs from their GP.

A spokeswoman insisted there was "no national shortage" but admitted some areas were experiencing "local supply issues".

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said there were "no supply issues" in Scotland, with more than a million doses distributed to GP surgeries and pharmacies, with an "additional stockpile" available if needed.

Sanofi Pasteur MSD, which manufactures some of the jabs, said it had been asked by the DoH about the number of available doses in the UK and the the number of UK-licensed doses which could be brought into the UK.

It has also been asked for a count of the number of other (non-UK labelled) doses it has in Europe, which could be brought in subject to regulatory issues.

Millions of doses of seasonal flu vaccine are ordered by GPs in England every year.


From Belfast Telegraph