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Flu vaccination for poultry workers

The Department of Health has announced that poultry workers in the UK are to be offered flu vaccinations.

Several documents have been made available containing further information about this precautionary measure.

The purpose of the campaign is to minimise the chance of poultry workers contracting human and avian forms of the influenza virus at the same time and therefore reduce the opportunity for the virus to mutate into a new form.

The covering letter encourages implementation to begin (at the latest) on the 22nd January 2007 with a proposed completion date of 31st March 2007. Primary Care Trusts will be issued with contact details for registered poultry premises so appropriate poultry workers can be contacted.

Action: The BBC has already reported the campaign and it may get wider coverage. Clinicians should be aware of the campaign and able to answer questions from patients.