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Independents' Day

Child flu 'failure' row

The Liberal Democrats are accusing the Government of failing to act to protect young children from flu this winter.

The number of cases in the under-fours doubled during November, with GP consultation rates rising from 76 to 140 per 100,000 in the course of the month. Latest data show the rate continuing to rise, standing at 156 in the first week of December.

LibDem health spokesman Paul Burstow said: 'Ministers have failed to put in place a robust system for monitoring the take-up of flu vaccination. Two or three years of relatively low levels of flu seem to have lulled the Government into a false sense of security.'

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