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Swine 'flu vaccination groups announced

The Department of Health has announced the priority groups for vaccination against swine 'flu.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) produced the initial recommendations which were reviewed and endorsed by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

The following groups will be offered vaccination and are listed in priority order:

  1. People aged over six months and under 65 years in current seasonal flu vaccine clinical at-risk groups
  2. All pregnant women, subject to licensing conditions on trimesters
  3. Household contacts of people with compromised immune systems e.g. people in regular close contact with patients on treatment for cancer
  4. People aged 65 and over in the current seasonal flu vaccine clinical at-risk groups. This does not include otherwise healthy over 65s, since they appear to have some natural immunity to the virus

Vaccination of front-line health and social care workers will start at the same time as the first priority group. The vaccination programme will only commence after a vaccine has been licensed by the European Medicines Agency.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the groups who will be offered vaccination and how they are being prioritised.