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Another chaotic winter for flu vaccine supplies looms for GPs after manufacturers admitted deliveries could be delayed.

The European Vaccine Manufacturers said there would be production delays of three to four weeks after late delivery of one of the three viral seed strains chosen by the World Health Organisation.

The news came just weeks after Chiron announced a shortfall of two million doses due to technical problems.

The Department of Health confirmed some deliveries would be delayed, but added: 'Companies are expecting to complete their deliveries in the timeframe recommended and we don't expect it to impact on the overall immunisation programme.'

Dr Nick Phin, consultant in communicable disease in Cheshire and Merseyside, advised GPs to check delivery dates before arranging clinics.

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