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Exclusive: Chemists running low on flu jabs amid fears of epidemic as France offers to treat British patients

Chemists were running low on supplies of the flu vaccine yesterday amid growing fears of an epidemic if the virus continues to spread at its current rate.

People across the country were being turned from high street pharmacies who said they had run out of stock.

After reports of a shortage in Cumbria, the Daily Telegraph contacted branches of Boots across the Midlands, East of England, the South and South West, but all 10 branches had no jabs left. Last night Boots UK said the shops would today be resupplied.

Meanwhile patients in at least six areas reported that their local pharmacists had run out of stock and wholesalers were said to have increased prices as demand surged.

In parts of south London, young children who have not yet been vaccinated were urged to visit fire stations where emergency clinics are being established today.

It came as a hospital in Calais offered to treat British...

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