City children 'first to receive swine flu jab'

Children in five cities across England could become the first to be vaccinated against swine flu, if a trial is launched to produce data on the effectiveness of vaccines in children.

The NHS National Institute for Health Research will decide whether to fund the trial which would see children in Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, Exeter and London receive the jab.

If successful the trial would begin in September and involve up to 900 children, aged six months to 12 years.

Last month, an adult swine flu vaccine trial involving 175 people began at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

It is believed that the results of this trial could become available in four to six weeks' time.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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