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Swine flu vaccines have been incorporated into this year's UK seasonal flu vaccines; however, one GP told me this morning that, upon learning this from their doctors, most patients at her practice walked out refusing to be vaccinated.
Why do you think this is? Was there sufficient media hype earlier in the year to warrant this reaction? Are people frightened by the stories linking children's deaths in Australia to swine flu vaccination from April? Are people confusing the swine flu vaccine with Tamiflu?
The Independent also reports: "Around 30 per cent of those who fell ill, went to their GP and got tested for the virus, were coming up positive for H1N1, which was a high rate." However, testing for H1N1 is not routine in all GP practices in the UK. Especially after the mass influx of patients with flu symptoms previously which led to diagnoses being made and treatment being offered based purely on clinical judgement. Should more people be formally tested for epidemiology reasons if not anything else? Or is this too impractical to implement?