News in brief: GP should continue with flu vaccinations

GPs should continue to vaccinate against flu, experts have said, despite the value of the annual programme being called into question.

Dr Tom Jefferson, coordinator of the vaccines section at the Cochrane Collaboration, said there was little evidence to support the cost-effectiveness of the programme (BMJ 2006; 333: 912–3). But Dr David Salisbury, DoH director of immunisation, said: ‘There is evidence showing that immunisation reduces bronchopneumonia, hospital admissions and mortality.’

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