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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:43 am 
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Millions of children could be left at the mercy of swine flu because pharmacies are refusing to vaccinate under-18s.
With doctors warning that the reopening of schools this week could trigger a ‘children’s epidemic’ of the virus, ­parents have been trying to buy the jab privately for their children.
Since October flu has killed 39, including 11 under-15s

But while High Street pharmacies will administer the jab to adults – charging between £7.50 and £12 – company policies dictate that they cannot do so to children, even when parents are present.
However, the Department of Health insists there is nothing to stop pharmacies giving the vaccine to children.
The development adds to the confusion surrounding the swine flu outbreak, which is predicted to ‘explode’ as at least nine ­million pupils return to their desks after the Christmas holidays.
There is already a shortage of vaccine at some surgeries and changes in vaccination policy mean that many Britons aren’t sure whether they still qualify for protection on the NHS.
For instance, healthy under-fives were able to receive free jabs last winter but are not entitled this year.
As a result, many parents are ­trying to obtain them privately – only to be turned away.
Boots refuses to vaccinate under-16s, while Sainsbury’s and Tesco set the bar even higher, at 18.
Those caught out by the rule include Sue Franklin, 36, a mother of three who tried to buy the vaccine for her eldest children, Olivia, 12, and Amy, 15. Her six-year-old daughter Daisy has asthma and so qualified for a jab on the NHS.
Mrs Franklin, of Malmesbury, in Wiltshire, said: ‘Everywhere I tried they said they would give me a jab, but not the girls.
‘I’m not expecting a jab for free, because they are rightly rationed on the NHS to those who need it most. But why is it that anyone can walk in off the street or in a supermarket and pay a few quid and get a jab, but if they are a child they can’t?’
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Unfair treatment: Sue Franklin with daughters Daisy, six, and Olivia, 12
‘No one could tell me why ­children aren’t allowed. The ­message from the Government is that people should protect themselves, but I’m not allowed to protect my family – it’s a complete mess.
‘All the doctors and the pharmacies I rang said they had had loads of calls like mine. Clearly there’s something wrong somewhere.’
The Department of Health said those paying for a flu jab from a pharmacy were effectively going private, so the Government had no control over the situation.
A spokesman said: ‘There are no restrictions on who pharmacies give vaccinations to in a private capacity. If they decide they don’t want to do it, we cannot force them to do it. The vaccine sold at pharmacies is exactly the same as the one administered by the NHS.
‘It is perfectly safe and given to children under the age of five. There is nothing to stop pharmacies from giving it to healthy children.’
Last night, Boots said: ‘In accordance with our registration with the Care Quality Commission, Boots can only offer patients aged 16 years and above a private flu vaccination.’
As the number of fresh flu cases mounts, there are warnings the NHS is reaching crisis point.
Some 738 Britons are being treated for flu in intensive care and all 21 ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation heart and lung machines used to treat the most seriously ill patients are in use.
Even at the height of the swine flu pandemic in 2009 only 12 of the ECMO machines were ever in use at the same time.

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This is down-right outrageous. I'd demand a reason why the supermarkets can't vaccinate the children, from a top-dog as well. I bet the Harley Street doctors wouldn't hesitate vaccinating the children at approx £100 + a time.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:51 am 
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Dr N, Fiasco, yes...Epic Fail on a catastrophic scale, most definately. My son has returned to school today and am very concerned about him and the next couple of weeks. 3 of his friends he talks to on the X-Box and Facebook are ill with flu. 9 million kiddies return to school today or over the next couple of days. Most of them 'unprotected'. Heads will roll over this. Will we learn from this disaster, I don't know. Not protecting our children, there's no excuse. Makes me wonder if there are contingency plans in place, the legislation is there but will the government be forced to use them if this turns nastier? Just like the U-turn on the publicity campaign? House of cards it really is.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:19 am 
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As of today (4 Jan. 2011) There are 57 deaths confirmed and as many as 738 people stated to be critically ill in England, The U.K total is above 800, only 15 Pediatric intensive care beds available - of 320 in U.K. All this reported by the media.

10 Deaths ( First Reports on Saturday, 11 December)

- http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/swine-flu-its-back-2157407.html?

47 deaths (The last 2 weeks)

First two deaths confirmed after The HPA report.
- http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1391197_swine_flu_alert_as_virus_kills_two_men_in_oldham?all_comments=1

A third man is confirmed to have died of Swine flu.
- http://menmedia.co.uk/rochdaleobserver/news/s/1391975_third_man_dies_in_swine_flu_outbreak?rss=yes

Two more die in Liverpool
- http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2010/12/15/two-liverpool-women-die-from-swine-flu-in-royal-liverpool-and-whiston-hospitals-92534-27828211/

A man dies of pH1N1 in Bolton.
- http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/districtnews/8738639.Vaccine_alert_after_swine_flu_death/

A child dies of Swine flu in London.
- http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/health_2_4371/nhs_islington_warning_after_child_dies_from_swine_flu_1_753274

Three die from swine flu at Whiston Hospital
- http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/8742443.UPDATED__Three_die_from_swine_flu_at_Whiston_Hospital/

Swine flu claims two more victims
- http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/health/s/1394398_swine_flu_claims_two_more_victims

Two die and others seriously ill
- http://news.scotsman.com/news/Two-die-and-others-seriously.6663516.jp

Three die as cases of swine flu spread
- http://www.metro.co.uk/news/851051-three-die-as-cases-of-swine-flu-spread#ixzz18lIbeaOO

Alert as patient dies of swine flu
- http://menmedia.co.uk/macclesfieldexpress/news/s/1402318_alert_as_patient_dies_of_swine_flu

Another two people have died from swine flu in Greater Manchester
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12052816

A 42-year-old woman who was suffering from swine flu has died in hospital in south Manchester.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-12075264

Flu deaths continue to rise
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/dec/30/flu-deaths-continue-to-rise

Man dies of swine flu in Coventry University Hospital
- http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2010/12/31/man-dies-of-swine-flu-in-coventry-university-hospital-92746-27912502/#ixzz19nISRO3f

Two more die in Scotland after contracting swine flu
- http://www.thecourier.co.uk/Community/Health/article/9185/two-more-die-in-scotland-after-contracting-swine-flu.html?

Four more deaths in Greater Manchester
- http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1404066_swine_flu_latest_four_more_deaths_in_greater_manchester__and_27_are_fighting_for_life_in_hospital

Man dies of swine flu after wedding
- http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hZLCrfXzm_hOjK2OF44mLJjMSEpQ?docId=N0413511293881204078A

A second person has died at a West Midland hospital
- http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2011/01/03/second-flu-patient-dies-in-midlands/#ixzz1A0GJVCgW

Swine flu pensioner dies in hospital
- http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/swine_flu_pensioner_dies_in_hospital_1_2216310

Man with swine flu dies in Hartlepool hospital
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-12107831

Swine flu kills animal trainer on Harry Potter films
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1343567/Swine-flu-kills-animal-trainer-Harry-Potter-films.html#ixzz1A0GhY3ka

Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett, 17, from Wirral, Merseyside dies of Swine flu
- http://www.clickliverpool.com/news/national-news/1211991-liverpool-region-teen-latest-suspected-swine-flu-victim.html?

Stockton man with swine flu dies in hospital
- http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2011/01/04/stockton-man-with-swine-flu-dies-in-hospital-84229-27929749/#ixzz1A4Usfg6B





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738 flu victims in intensive care across England, the U.K count is above 800


http://winterwatch.dh.gov.uk/winter-health-data-31-december-2010/



Previous ICU figures
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12075039




- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12052816


- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1340290/With-14-people-dead-swine-flu-190-intensive-care-look-need-know-protect-family.html?ito=feeds-newsxml


- http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/swine-flu-surge-leaves-15-dead-and-100-in-intensive-care-2161629.html


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:52 am 
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Liverpool region sixth-form student is believed to be the latest victim of the deadly swine flu virus.

Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett, 17, from Wirral, Merseyside died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Shocked friends set up a Facebook page paying tribute to the teen, nicknamed 'Livvy', who was a student at Wallasey School’s sixth form.

Her family were too devastated to comment.

But headteacher Phil Duffy paid tribute to Olivia, who was a keen music and drama student.

He said: "We are devastated by the news about Olivia, who was a very friendly, popular and positive member of our school.

"Our hearts go out to Olivia’s family and friends at this very difficult time."

More than 1,500 people have joined the tribute page 'R.I.P Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett' in just over 24 hours.

Olivia's grandparents wrote: "All we have left are Memories and pictures.

"We watched you grow from such a small bundle and you blossomed into the most beautiful youg Lady.R.I.P our little Angel. Your Loving, Nan and Grumppy Grandad"

Messages from friends read: "It's been just over a day since you sadly past away from us, and i still cant believe it.. im thinking of all your friends, family and sam.. sleep tight, your with the angels now beautiful!"

Another said: "You where sadly taken from us, you will be missed by everyone, sleep tight angel! i love you Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett!"

It is understood the 17-year-old is the sixth person from Merseyside to lose her fight against the illness.

Arrowe Park hospital, Wirral, which suspended all in-patient visiting after a flu outbreak alert on Wednesday remains closed.
http://www.clickliverpool.com/news/nati ... ictim.html

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:55 am 
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'Answers needed' on Northern Ireland flu outbreak

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H1N1 virus Cases of H1N1 infection have more than doubled in Northern Ireland to 129

The Department of Health has been accused of not revealing the full extent of the flu crisis in Northern Ireland.

The number of people found to have the H1N1 swine flu virus in NI more than doubled in the last weeks of December.

Nichola Mallon of the SDLP said not enough was being done to warn the public and she understood three people were in intensive care with the virus.

The Department of Health has declined to comment.

"My information, and it comes from within the department, is that there is a very serious situation unfolding," she said.

"The three individuals in intensive care are not in the high risk category. The public deserves the fullest possible advice on what to do in the current circumstances.

"After all, the one thing that the Department of Health and indeed the various Health trusts are not short of is press officers.

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"So why has there been such a code of silence?"

Ms Mallon said that in other parts of the UK there had been a coordinated policy built around advertising the threat level and how to protect the public, but this had not happened in Northern Ireland.

“We do not hold any data for hospitalisations as we do not ask the trusts for this data”

"Instead there has been a totally ineffective approach," she added.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12112049


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:26 am 
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Vaccine escape is getting attetion in the media.

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The flu starts suddenly, with fever and malaise.

7.5% of detected cases had been vaccinated, most were under 64 years old

01/04/1911 - 01:10 - D.C. / LV | Albacete.

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90% of patients found to have flu present the first symptoms suddenly, with
fever, cough, chills and malaise. Over 50% of patients suffering from these symptoms go accompanied by sore throat.

It also draws attention to that 7.5% of the reported cases were vaccinated against influenza and since the drug this year is a combination of the seasonal flu and Swine flu

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http://www.laverdad.es/albacete/v/20110 ... 10104.html


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FOOD and drink points are being set up across Lincolnshire so ambulance crews can stay out in the field for longer.

The county's ambulance service previously warned its workers were being pushed to their limits by a deluge of calls over the festive period, mostly about flu.

Now it has said demand is continuing to rise into the new year.

Setting up rest stops will enable ambulance crews to take rests wherever they happen to be, rather than having to return to their station for a break.

The medical director of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, James Gray, said: "While we don't want to dissuade anyone from calling 999, the public can really help us by only doing so in the case of a genuine emergency.

"Our priority is to help patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries as quickly as possible.

"That's why we ask anyone with less urgent conditions to call NHS Direct for advice or to contact their local GP or their GP's out-of-hours service.

"If a visit to A&E is necessary, we would ask people to consider making their own way there."

He said extra resources had been drafted in to help the service cope with the ongoing increase in demand.

"We also have a great team of staff out there day and night providing high quality care to the people of the East Midlands and we would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment," he said.

During December, the ambulance service in Lincolnshire received 44 per cent more calls than last year.

http://www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk/news/ ... ticle.html

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Almost 150 people with flu are fighting for their lives in London's hospitals, with experts warning that deaths from the virus will escalate.

Intensive care units across the capital have been inundated with patients diagnosed with the illness, with the majority struck down with swine flu.

The figures come amid fears that a "children's epidemic" of the virus could be triggered as schools reopen.

Since October, flu has killed 39 people across the country, including 11 under-15s, with 738 sufferers currently in intensive care, including 143 in London. The nationwide figure is four times higher than at the peak of last year's pandemic; of those who died, 36 were suffering from swine flu (H1N1).

Parents unable to get their children vaccinated as doctors' surgeries run out of supplies have turned to pharmacies, where the jabs are administered for between £7.50 and £12, but several high street chains are refusing to vaccinate children, citing company guidelines. Boots will not vaccinate under-16s, while Sainsbury's and Tesco set the bar at 18.

This, coupled with nine million pupils returning to the classroom after the Christmas holidays, could see swine flu among the young spiral.

Professor Hugh Pennington, one of Britain's leading flu experts, blamed the outbreak - the worst in a decade - on a lack of action by the Government and a failure to order sufficient stocks of the vaccine by GPs.

He said: "Quite a lot of people have died who should not have. A good proportion of victims would still be here had they been vaccinated.

"GPs and midwives have been professionally incompetent. It's crazy that they haven't prepared for the flu season. It really is unacceptable that people aren't getting the vaccine for administrative reasons. It shows poor planning and insufficient awareness on their parts."

Professor John Oxford, from St Bartholomew's hospital in the City warned there will be more deaths from swine flu: "This virus, H1N1, is pretty special - it gets to the parts other flu viruses don't reach. Unfortunately I do expect there to be more fatalities."

Teachers and children suffering from flu were today urged to stay away from classes in a letter sent to London schools by the North East and North Central London Health Protection Unit.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/ ... nations.do

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:04 am 
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Almost 150 people with flu are fighting for their lives in London's hospitals, with experts warning that deaths from the virus will escalate.

Intensive care units across the capital have been inundated with patients diagnosed with the illness, with the majority struck down with swine flu.

The figures come amid fears that a "children's epidemic" of the virus could be triggered as schools reopen.

Since October, flu has killed 39 people across the country, including 11 under-15s, with 738 sufferers currently in intensive care, including 143 in London. The nationwide figure is four times higher than at the peak of last year's pandemic; of those who died, 36 were suffering from swine flu (H1N1).

Parents unable to get their children vaccinated as doctors' surgeries run out of supplies have turned to pharmacies, where the jabs are administered for between £7.50 and £12, but several high street chains are refusing to vaccinate children, citing company guidelines. Boots will not vaccinate under-16s, while Sainsbury's and Tesco set the bar at 18.

This, coupled with nine million pupils returning to the classroom after the Christmas holidays, could see swine flu among the young spiral.

Professor Hugh Pennington, one of Britain's leading flu experts, blamed the outbreak - the worst in a decade - on a lack of action by the Government and a failure to order sufficient stocks of the vaccine by GPs.

He said: "Quite a lot of people have died who should not have. A good proportion of victims would still be here had they been vaccinated.

"GPs and midwives have been professionally incompetent. It's crazy that they haven't prepared for the flu season. It really is unacceptable that people aren't getting the vaccine for administrative reasons. It shows poor planning and insufficient awareness on their parts."

Professor John Oxford, from St Bartholomew's hospital in the City warned there will be more deaths from swine flu: "This virus, H1N1, is pretty special - it gets to the parts other flu viruses don't reach. Unfortunately I do expect there to be more fatalities."

Teachers and children suffering from flu were today urged to stay away from classes in a letter sent to London schools by the North East and North Central London Health Protection Unit.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/ ... nations.do



Yes, the situation in London is deteriorating very quickly. Other parts of the country are facing the same problem, but now it's moving down to the south.


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niman wrote:
Almost 150 people with flu are fighting for their lives in London's hospitals, with experts warning that deaths from the virus will escalate.

Intensive care units across the capital have been inundated with patients diagnosed with the illness, with the majority struck down with swine flu.

The figures come amid fears that a "children's epidemic" of the virus could be triggered as schools reopen.

Since October, flu has killed 39 people across the country, including 11 under-15s, with 738 sufferers currently in intensive care, including 143 in London. The nationwide figure is four times higher than at the peak of last year's pandemic; of those who died, 36 were suffering from swine flu (H1N1).

Parents unable to get their children vaccinated as doctors' surgeries run out of supplies have turned to pharmacies, where the jabs are administered for between £7.50 and £12, but several high street chains are refusing to vaccinate children, citing company guidelines. Boots will not vaccinate under-16s, while Sainsbury's and Tesco set the bar at 18.

This, coupled with nine million pupils returning to the classroom after the Christmas holidays, could see swine flu among the young spiral.

Professor Hugh Pennington, one of Britain's leading flu experts, blamed the outbreak - the worst in a decade - on a lack of action by the Government and a failure to order sufficient stocks of the vaccine by GPs.

He said: "Quite a lot of people have died who should not have. A good proportion of victims would still be here had they been vaccinated.

"GPs and midwives have been professionally incompetent. It's crazy that they haven't prepared for the flu season. It really is unacceptable that people aren't getting the vaccine for administrative reasons. It shows poor planning and insufficient awareness on their parts."

Professor John Oxford, from St Bartholomew's hospital in the City warned there will be more deaths from swine flu: "This virus, H1N1, is pretty special - it gets to the parts other flu viruses don't reach. Unfortunately I do expect there to be more fatalities."

Teachers and children suffering from flu were today urged to stay away from classes in a letter sent to London schools by the North East and North Central London Health Protection Unit.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/ ... nations.do



Yes, the situation in London is deteriorating very quickly. Other parts of the country are facing the same problem, but now it's moving down to the south.


Poop, it's on my doorstep....

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