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Hib booster go-ahead in autumn

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Practice nurses will be asked to give pre-school Hib boosters from the start of September, as part of a government vaccination catch-up campaign.

Practice nurses will be asked to give pre-school Hib boosters from the start of September, as part of a government vaccination catch-up campaign.

Chief Nursing Officer for England Christine Beasley wrote to PCTs last week detailing the programme, which will start on 10 September and continue until 3 March 2009.

'The eligible group includes children born between 13 March 2003 and 3 September 2005 (who will be aged between two years old and four years and five months old at the start of the campaign),' the letter states.

'To minimise disruption, the Hib booster will be offered as part of the pre-school immunisation whenever possible,' it said.

The move follows advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

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