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“Swine flu risk was inflated by experts with links to drugs industry,” The Independent reports. The claim has been made by the authors of a study that analysed newspaper reporting of the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
Tamiflu effects 'still uncertain'Subscription
The effects of antiviral drug Tamiflu - which was stockpiled by the government at the height of the swine flu pandemic - are still uncertain, researchers said as they accused pharmaceutical giant Roche of withholding data.
Nurses answer call to have flu jabSubscription
Nurses are heeding calls to have the seasonal flu jab, with almost three times as many NHS frontline staff having been vaccinated so far compared to the same time last year, latest Department of Health figures show.
Social media 'could detect flu outbreak'Subscription
Twitter and Facebook could be used to help detect outbreaks of disease and other phenomena, academics have said.
NHS organisations have been advised to begin training sessions for flu link nurses ahead of the next seasonal influenza vaccination campaign for staff.
Adjuvanted vaccines used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic did not increase the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome substantially, if at all, according to a Europe-wide study.
“The winter flu jab may prevent heart attacks,” reported The Daily Telegraph.
Seasonal flu jab to contain swine flu vaccineSubscription
The annual flu jab will this year protect against swine flu and will be offered to all pregnant women for the first time.
Weekly Government briefings on swine flu have been stopped as the number of new cases plummet
In his final swine flu update of 2009, NHS flu resilience director Ian Dalton reports that cases and hospital admissions have gone down, and applauds the efforts of NHS staff.