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The flu campaign began this week with the usual media frenzy and rallying call from the CMO – but many practices are still waiting for vaccine deliveries.

Dr Philip Melluish (above), a GP in Teignmouth, Devon, said he had patients asking for the vaccine already but will not be able to

start clinics until next month.

‘We originally planned to vaccinate our patients on 1 October but we could not get a delivery date before mid-November and even then was not guaranteed. We have now changed supplier and have a promised delivery in the week beginning 7 November so plan to vaccinate 12 November, which is six weeks late. The most worrying thing is if we have early flu. We're just going to have to hope that doesn't happen.'

Dr Melluish urged PCTs to wait a few weeks before encouraging patients to seek vaccination to make sure GPs could cope with demand.

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