London: Britain launched a mass vaccinationprogramme to prevent the further spread of swine flu today,with officials urging health-care workers and at-risk patientsto be first in line.
"This is the first pandemic for which we have had vaccineto protect people," said Liam Donaldson, the Britishgovernment`s top medical adviser. "I urge everyone in the priority groups to have thevaccine -- it will help prevent people in clinical risk groupsfrom getting swine flu and the complications that may arisefrom it." Britain is also offering swine flu vaccinations to allits 9,000 troops in Afghanistan to protect them from apossible mass outbreak, the Ministry of Defence said lastweek. Bureau Report
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