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Health workers who are least likely to receive the flu vaccination are nurses and midwives, figures have revealed.
The perceived independence of public health advice could be compromised if Public Health England becomes an integrated government department, existing agencies have warned.
The government spent £239m on the swine flu vaccine, official figures reveal.
GPs could be forced to hand over control of ordering flu vaccine after complaints about this year’s programme, the government’s director of immunisation has suggested.
The Department of Health has been ordered to release data on the costs of last year’s swine flu vaccination programme, after it failed to comply fully with a Freedom of Information Act request.
The NHS was everywhere this week, with heavy coverage ahead of Wednesday’s Health Bill.
The government’s chief medical adviser has insisted that cost-cutting was not to blame for the decision not to vaccinate all under-fives against flu.
Flu claimed the lives of 112 people in the UK since September, according to government data.
Latest figures on the number of flu deaths will be published on Thursday as the mother of a three-year-old victim urged the government to further review its vaccination policy.
Patients who had swine flu last year developed protective antibodies that could be used to make a jab to guard against most kinds of influenza, US scientists have said.
David Cameron has warned that lessons must be learned from Britain’s recent flu vaccine shortage as the country faces “significant outbreaks” for years to come.
Stocks of last year’s swine flu jab will be used to plug shortages in this year’s vaccination programme as the death toll from the virus continues to rise.
Some hospitals have been told to cancel operations to make way for the most seriously ill flu patients.
Scotland’s health helpline recorded a sharp increase in the calls it received over the new year holiday with around 10,000 more people phoning the service for advice than last year.
A “disappointingly low” proportion of NHS staff took up the flu vaccinations this winter, NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson has said.
The government has admitted some parts of the country were suffering shortages of flu vaccines as it prepared to reveal the latest death toll from the winter outbreak.
The health secretary has said that the NHS is “coping well” with the severe weather and flu, despite a rise in consultations related to flu and an increase in deaths.
A total of 27 people have died from influenza this winter, including nine children, latest official figures show.
The number of flu cases being treated in critical care beds has increased by 66 per cent in the last week, according to figures released by the Department of Health.
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