Over the next fortnight, 1,000 children – from 6 months to 12 years – are being signed up in London, Oxford, Bristol, Southampton and Exeter to be vaccinated against swine flu as part of a clinical trial. They’re the first babies and children in Britain to be vaccinated against the disease.
Doctors at these five sites are comparing vaccines from two manufacturers, to decide which has the least number of side effects and which works the best.
Side effects should just involve sore arms or possibly a fever, the University of Oxford’s Professor Andrew Pollard has said. He also said vaccines offer the bet way to protect against the disease.
In one month’s time, the jab will be made available to more than 11 million people thought to be most at risk, as well as 2 million “frontline” health workers.
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