Swine flu release date.

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Dear Department of Health,

Could you please advise of the actual date on which the so called "swine-flu" is going to be released upon the good people of Britain. I wish to go on holiday and this would be an ideal time to get away as I have no intention of taking the poisonous "vaccines".

Yours faithfully, Jon.

Department of Health and Social Care

Thank you for your email.

Where a reply is appropriate we aim to send one within 20 working days.

If your enquiry is about a medical matter, please contact NHS Direct on
0845 4647 or visit [1]NHS Choices, or contact your GP surgery.

For the latest on swine flu, please visit [2]the National Pandemic Flu
Service (NPFS) or call 0800 1 513 100.

For general health information you may also find it helpful to refer to
[3]Directgov, the UK Government's Official information website, or the
Department of Health website's [4]Frequently Asked Questions.

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2. http://www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu/
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4. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/FAQ/index.htm

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Jon,

Thank you for your email of 14 December to the Department of Health about
the swine flu vaccine. I have been asked to reply.

The swine flu vaccination programme began on 21 October and at present
only those in the priority groups are being offered the vaccination. Use
of the vaccines in the wider population is being kept under review.

The most important role of vaccination is to protect individuals from
potentially serious effects of swine flu. The virus currently produces
mild disease in most people. However, we have learnt from previous
pandemics that the virus can change and can lead to more serious disease.
There was no vaccine available to protect against the 1918/19 Spanish flu
and we will be in the fortunate position of being able to offer protection
to those most at risk from flu now that the vaccine is available.

The vaccines have been licensed by the European authorities. Vaccines
would not be licensed if they were considered unsafe.

The safety of all licensed vaccines and other medicines are kept under
review. A specific condition of the regulatory process for pandemic
vaccines is that clinical trials continue to be conducted to further
evaluate the immune response and safety of the vaccine. As with any new
vaccine or medicine, safety will continue to be assessed during use in the
general population to identify any possible rare side effects.

Finally, I should point out that the swine flu vaccine is not compulsory
and the Government has no plans to change this.

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Walter
Customer Service Centre

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you for NOT answering the question. You have been completely UNhelpful.

Yours faithfully,

jon

Peter Bowyer left an annotation ()

Well it was a pretty dumb question...

Department of Health and Social Care

Thank you for your email.

Where a reply is appropriate we aim to send one within 20 working days.

If your enquiry is about a medical matter, please contact NHS Direct on
0845 4647 or visit [1]NHS Choices, or contact your GP surgery.

For the latest on swine flu, please visit [2]the National Pandemic Flu
Service (NPFS) or call 0800 1 513 100.

For general health information you may also find it helpful to refer to
[3]Directgov, the UK Government's Official information website, or the
Department of Health website's [4]Frequently Asked Questions.

show quoted sections

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

References

Visible links
1. http://www.nhs.uk/
2. http://www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu/
3. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm
4. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/FAQ/index.htm