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First UK swine flu vaccine trial begins as ministers plan immunisation in all schools
The country's first swine flu vaccine trial is being carried out, just as ministers are considering immunising every schoolchild against the virus.
Some 175 people have enrolled in the trials at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI).
Results of the trial, which is testing different doses of the vaccine, may be available in four to six weeks time, a statement from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust confirmed.
As part of the tests, led by Dr Iain Stephenson, consultant in infectious diseases at the LRI and a clinical senior lecturer at Leicester University, volunteers receive two shots of the vaccine and their blood will be tested to show their levels of immunity.
The trial will also establish how far apart the dose needs to be given.
Dr Stephenson said there was nothing experimental about the vaccine as it was produced in the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine.
'It is only the 'swine flu' part that is different,' he told the Leicester Mercury.
'It is almost certain two doses of vaccine will be needed.
But a spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families confirmed the proposals were being considered.
'All options are being considered,' he said. 'Schools have been used in the past for vaccination.'
The spokesman added that using schools would be a 'logical' way of giving vaccinations, if necessary.
Originally posted by refuse_orders
Posted a thread on this yesterday, don't think anyone really cares lol.
(edit: forgot link)
[edit on 23/8/09 by refuse_orders]