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Those ‘At Risk’ should get their Flu Jabs

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As summer draws to a close and thoughts head towards the long winter months ahead, health ministers are urging people in the ‘at risk’ group not to forget their influenza vaccinations.

Last year saw a high number of people contract flu – an illness which can prove fatal for the elderly, very young, expectant mothers and those with underlying medical conditions.  This group are routinely offered the flu jab every year from their GP.  Ministers are hopeful that if as many people as possible take advantage of the vaccination, a similar outbreak to the one seen last year can be avoided.

Around 8,000 people die every year in the UK from influenza.  And whilst for many people flu is something the body can naturally fight off, for those at risk the jab is essential.  Last year in the Greater Manchester area alone, 25 per cent of the over 65s failed to have the jab, and over 50 per cent of those with serious medical conditions didn’t take advantage of it.

The government came under fierce criticism last year for failing to run a national flu vaccination campaign.  This year local NHS trusts are taking matters into their own hands and running their own campaigns.

For those who qualify – and this includes carers, as well as front-line NHS staff, the flu jab is usually administered by your GP.  In the case of NHS staff it is usually provided via occupational health.

The vaccination offered now is different from the swine flu jab.  This will be provided at a later date.

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