Medical chief warns of extremists’ attacking flu vaccination campaign

Extremists are attempting to derail the introduction of a national swine flu vaccination campaign, the country’s top doctor has warned.

Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer for England, spoke out against protests aimed at deterring people from having the jab. In one case, a Birmingham hospital had already been flyposted with anti-vaccination messages as its immunisation campaign started.

Estimates suggest that 78,000 people in England fell ill with swine flu last week, an increase on the 53,000 new cases in the week before.

The death of an unnamed Scottish patient from the Borders area was reported last night, bringing the total number of deaths linked to swine flu in Britain to 138.

Sir Liam said that been a “very substantial increase in the numbers [of people] in intensive care” in the past week, with one in five of the 751 patients in hospital being in a critical condition.

Times Online – UK

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