Surrey surgery told to focus flu vaccine on vulnerable

Swine flu vaccine The Ottershaw Surgery was offering the swine flu vaccine to all patients aged over six months

A GP surgery in Surrey that was offering the swine flu vaccine to all patients aged over six months has been told to focus on vulnerable patients.

The Ottershaw Surgery, near Chertsey, had more than 1,000 doses of the vaccine left over from last year.

NHS Surrey said the vaccine should only be used to protect vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and the elderly.

It said any surplus should be sent to local practices where the vaccine is still needed.

Dr Akeem Ali, the director of public health for NHS Surrey, said: "We are aware of some confusion at one Surrey GP practice and have been in touch with the practice to remind them of current vaccination policy.

"In Surrey we have made it clear to GPs that they should be using their clinical judgement and vaccinating people in at risk groups."

The Ottershaw Surgery declined to comment.

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