H1N1 vaccination to start in Britain as death toll rises

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ASTANA. October 16. KAZINFORM Britain's Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson has announced that high-risk patients and frontline health workers in hospitals will be the first to be inoculated against the A/H1N1 virus from Oct. 21.

The planned vaccination plan comes as the number of deaths rose to 106 with the number of new cases rising to 27,000 in the last week.

During his regular weekly briefing at the Department of Health, Sir Liam said there had been 83 swine flu deaths in England, 15 in Scotland, four in Wales and four in Northern Ireland. "There is a further increase but the increase has not been anything like the doubling expected," he said. The number of people in hospital with swine flu increased from 290 to 364, while the number in intensive care rose from 47 to 74; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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