Ineffective flu vaccine causes the number of excess winter deaths to TRIPLE in a year - to the highest level this century UK

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Ineffective flu vaccine causes the number of excess winter deaths to TRIPLE in a year - to the highest level this century UK

Post  kelee877 on Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:37 am

Last winter wasn't particularly cold in terms of average temperatures but we do know that there was slightly more flu circulating than usual and the peak was slightly earlier so it lasted longer,' she said.

'The deaths would have been worse had it been colder.'

Scientists blamed the mutation of the virus which meant it did not match the vaccine, which was only developed the year before.

The flu jab was so ineffective last year it initially protected just three per cent of patients.

It has also been blamed for a poor uptake on flu jabs so far this year.

Six per cent fewer flu jabs have been given by GPs in England compared to this time last year, according to figures released earlier this month by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Some family doctors have even claimed their surgery fridges 'are full' of unused vaccines because patients are not turning up in their usual numbers with surgeries in England vaccinating at least 100 fewer patients per practice than this time last year.

Speaking to MailOnline, Ms Wells said the low take-up was cause for concern.

'These excess winter death figures show that if the flu vaccination is not effective or if we don't get a good uptake, it can have devastating effects.'


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