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GPs decline hospital requests to give adults HIB vaccine



GPs have had to turn down requests by hospital chest physicians in Cardiff to give adults the HIB vaccine at their practices.

Bro Taf LMC said that the HIB vaccine is not licensed for use in adults, and that GPs need their existing stocks for vaccinating children.

The LMC said that chest physicians have tried to convince GPs that the number of patients is ‘small’.

However, an LMC statement said: ‘The LMC has declined, pointing out that this is not GMS work and we don’t understand why vaccinations cannot be given on the spot in secondary care or at the patient’s next appointment.

‘It is not convenient for patients to be sent to the GP for vaccination. The HIB vaccine is not licensed for use in adults and GPs need to use their available stocks for the child vaccination programme.’