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Swine flu rate falls and pregnant women first to get vaccine

14th August 2009

The number of new people diagnosed with swine flu has fallen again this week, with the chief medical officer saying a vaccination campaign will start with pregnant women in the autumn.

Over the last week, the number of GP consultation rates has decreased in England, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson has declared the vaccine for swine flu will be launched in the autumn and those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women will be the first to receive it.

The BBC informs that this October, people aged six months to 65-years-old in conventional at-risk groups for normal seasonal flu – such as those with diabetes or heart disease – will be first in line for the vaccine.

This will be followed by all pregnant women subject to licensing arrangements and better information on when during pregnancy the vaccine should be given.

According to the HPA’s figures, there are currently 371 patients hospitalised in England with the virus. Forty-four people have died so far from swine flu.

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