Old swine flu vaccine stocks may be used in Isle of Man

H1N1 virus The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the H1N1 flu virus

Related Stories

The Isle of Man may turn to its stocks of swine flu vaccine if supplies for the seasonal virus run out, the director of public health has said.

Health officials have admitted batches of the current vaccine are "scarce" but denied there was an island shortage.

Dr Parameswaran Kishore said pharmacies and GPs would be contacted about current stocks.

In the UK, GPs have been told to use left over vaccines from the swine flu pandemic to plug the shortfall.

The government made the announcement amid reports that GPs in some parts of the country were running out of jabs.

Dr Kishore said the Isle of Man could follow the same route should its own stocks of the seasonal flu vaccine run low.

"We still have a stockpile, so that is always a possibility that we can use that," he said.

"The announcement was made only yesterday evening so we would need to go and check our stocks to make sure it's within the expiry date and that it's alright to use it."

The Department of Health is currently in the process of getting further stocks delivered to the island.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Isle of Man

Weather

Douglas

Min. Night 3 °C

Features

  • FridgeCool customer

    The village that has just got its first fridge


  • Lincoln Perkins (in the middle of the image) carried Churchill's coffin with seven other menNear miss

    How pallbearers almost dropped Churchill's coffin


  • Josef Mengele in SS uniformThe twins of Auschwitz

    How a Nazi doctor experimented on identical siblings


  • Alok'Red market'

    The desperate patients in India turning to illegal blood donors


  • Bank House, 27 King Street, LeedsIn pictures

    Some of the office buildings new to the National Heritage List


Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.