Looks like you’re on the UK site. Choose another location to see content specific to your location

Home Industry News DoH reiterates importance of H1N1 vaccination

DoH reiterates importance of H1N1 vaccination

19th February 2010

The Department of Health (DoH) has stressed the importance of continuing the nationwide programme of vaccination against pandemic H1N1 influenza in order to completely curtail the disease’s spread.

Advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has been sent to the government and the NHS, stating that the scheme of providing immunisation to potentially vulnerable people should be completed.

This comes at a time when the rate of new cases of the disease in England is at its lowest level since H1N1 first appeared in the country towards the end of 2009.

According to recent DoH figures, the rate of general practitioner consultations for influenza-like illness towards the end of January was 12.5 people per 100,000.

However, Sir Liam Donaldson, chief medical officer for England, advised that a recurrence of the pandemic is expected later this year, adding that vaccination remains the best way to prevent against this.

He said: “Those with underlying illness, pregnant women and children aged over six months and under five years are strongly advised to take advantage of the protection the vaccine offers.”

We currently have 9 jobs available in Pharmacy industry, find your perfect one now.

Stay informed

Receive the latest industry news, Tips
and straight to your inbox.