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Over-65s to be given more effective flu vaccine

Public Health England says newly licensed drug FluAd will save 30,000 GP consultations and prevent 700 hospital deaths

A flu vaccine that was licensed in Italy 20 years ago is to be used for the first time in the UK this winter in a bid to cut the death toll among older people from the infectious disease.

Public Health England says the vaccine, only now available in England, could reduce GP consultations by 30,000, hospital visits by more than 2,000 and prevent more than 700 hospital deaths. It is an adjuvanted vaccine, which will boost the immune system of the over-65 age group and give them better protection than in the past.

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The Guardian

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