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My nightmare scenario if there's a flu epidemic

I am extremely concerned to see it is quite likely there will be a significant flu epidemic this winter, aggravated by the fact that it will be caused by the Fujian-like influenza A which is not included in this year's vaccine, although apparently the Panama-like virus, which is in the vaccine, may give partial protection.

The worst possible scenario of ill doctors and dying patients does not bear thinking about. Even a more optimistic view is worrying.

Our local hospital was on stage C alert ­ what used to be called red alert ­ two or three times a week all over the summer and this is now more frequent.

If we do have a flu epidemic, even of modest proportions, who is going to look after those people who should be in hospital?

Hospitals have major accident plans; do they have one for this eventuality too? If not, please can someone write one very soon!

Dr Diana Lowry

Epping, Essex

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