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GP aims for record flu vaccine uptake

Dr Raina Patel's practice has already vaccinated more than 90 per cent of patients over 65 against flu this winter ­ putting it on course to beat last year's 92 per cent uptake.

The one-and-a-half partner practice won an award for the highest uptake in Stockport PCT last winter.

Dr Patel said the success was down to good planning and teamwork. She added: 'There are a lot of myths about vaccination so we have to sell it to patients. We must be positive ­ but listen to their concerns.'

She had saved part of the money allocated to her practice for flu vaccination by ringing patients herself instead of sending out letters.

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