Two doses of the swine flu vaccine should be used despite British health officials deciding to give one dose in most cases, according to advice from drug regulators.

By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
Published: 3:29PM BST 23 Oct 2009

Pandemrix, the swine flu vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline, is already being used in Britain with health and social care workers and critically ill patients in hospital having started to receive it this week.

From next week deliveries will be arriving in GP surgeries so they can begin to offer the vaccine to pregnant women and people with long-term conditions.

Government officials have advised that one dose of the vaccine is sufficient in people over the age of 10 and any children under that age who have long-term conditions should receive two doses.

Research trials have suggested that the majority of people have sufficient immunity against swine flu after one dose.

However, the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use said the evidence is not strong enough to recommend one dose for general use.

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