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Two thirds of PCTs have struck swine flu deals

By Lilian Anekwe

Two thirds of GPs have already signed local deals with PCTs to vaccinate children aged under five against swine flu, the Department of Health has announced.

Dr Ian Dalton, the DH's national director of flu resilience, said deals have now been reached in two out of three PCTs for GPs to spearhead the vaccination programme, and that practices had made ‘really good progress' towards vaccinating young children.

The DH also revealed the number of people diagnosed with swine flu fell again last week, to 9,000 – 2,000 less than the previous seven days.

So far during phase one of the vaccination of priority groups, 343,000 frontline healthcare workers have opted to have the swine flu jab, and 101,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated along with 3m patients in other at-risk groups.

This puts uptake so far at 17% of all frontline healthcare workers. 20% of pregnant women and 33% of patients in other groups have had the jab.

Professor David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the Department of Health, said the vaccination programme was going well and that the DH were optimistic of seeing uptake ‘increase further'.

Children in two thirds of PCTs will receive the swine flu jab from GPs

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