Flu vaccines shortage in some areas

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The Government has admitted some parts of the country are experiencing a shortage of flu vaccinations

The Government has admitted some parts of the country are experiencing a shortage of flu vaccinations.

Suppliers are being asked to gather any leftover flu jabs licensed for use in the UK from factories across Europe.

The Department of Health issued a statement after reports of patients being unable to get jabs from their local GP surgery.

A spokeswoman for the department insisted there was “no national shortage” but admitted some areas were experiencing “local supply issues”.

Around 14.5 to 15 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine are ordered by GPs in England every year.

The Department of Health hopes local shortages can be resolved through surgeries with too much vaccine offering it to others suffering shortages.

A spokeswoman said: “There is no national shortage of seasonal flu vaccine. Primary care trusts (PCTs) are working with their GPs to ensure that local supply issues are resolved locally where possible. The department continues to liaise closely with strategic health authorities (SHAs) to ensure that the NHS is managing winter pressures effectively.”

According to the UK Vaccine Industry Group, 14.7 million doses have been delivered across the UK, with 4% of those stocks going to private companies.

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