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Flu jab numbers falling

5th November 2012

New data released by the Department of Health showed that the number of elderly people getting the flu jab has dropped since last year.


The figures revealed that just 48.9% of people aged over 65 had received the jab, in comparison to 54.8% in 2011.

The data also showed the amount of young people deemed to be "at risk" who had a flu jab this year had also fallen.

The DH said 4,700 deaths every year in England were caused by flu and people in high-risk groups had 11 times more chance of dying from the disease than people in the normal risk group.

They plan to launch a website called Winterwatch in late November which will provide people with health data related to the winter season.

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said: "We have taken the decision this year to run a flu campaign because too many people in at-risk groups have not come forward for the jab yet, although local campaigns have been running for the past month."

"Our campaign aims to encourage people who are most at risk from flu, who have put it off or who don't think it is important, to get the vaccine." 

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said: "Each year the cold weather is responsible for an increase in deaths and thousands of cases of flu, falls, heart attacks and strokes.

"In past years, these extra pressures have cost the NHS £42m in emergency admissions alone. As winter approaches, we should all be on our guard against health problems - by taking simple steps and looking after our older friends and family we can keep warm and well."

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