How thousands of over-65s are missing out on vital pneumonia jab because of severe shortages of the vaccine



Thousands of sick and elderly NHS patients may have been left at increased risk of pneumonia this winter by a severe shortage of a vaccine that protects against it.
Many GPs have been unable to get hold of the vaccine — called PPV23 — since October, when Public Health England first warned stocks were drying up.
Now drug firm MSD, the only supplier, warns it could be the end of March before more vaccine is available.
Doctors have been told to prioritise those most at risk from infection, such as patients with chronic heart, lung or liver diseases, over ‘healthy’ elderly people aged over 65 —... read more

 
6 February 2018 in Health, Views: 28
Source: Daily Mail
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