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Remember your flu jab

4th November 2011

The Department of Health has issued a strong reminder for people in at-risk groups to have their flu vaccine.


So far this year, seven million people have had the jab but Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies is urging more to come forward.

Latest figures show the following have had the vaccine: 55% of people (5.1 million) aged 65 or over; 32% of people (1.8 million) under 65 in at risk groups; and 14% of (51,000) pregnant women.

However, Dame Sally wants to see 75% of the 65 and older group and 60% of under-65s in at risk groups to get vaccinated this year.

She stressed the vaccine does not give people the flu, following a recent poll for the Department which showed that 58% of people wrongly believe that the flu jab actually gives people the flu.

Dame Sally said: “I can categorically state that the flu jab does not give you flu. The vaccine does not include the live virus.

“It can save your life though. Flu can kill – and it can be particularly dangerous for people in at risk groups. They are on average 11 times more likely to die from flu than a healthy person is.”

People advised to have the vaccine – which is free on the NHS - are those aged 65 years or over; pregnant women; those in a residential or nursing home; the main carer for an older or disabled person; and people who have heart problems, chest complaints, kidney disease, diabetes, had a stroke, liver disease and lowered immunity.


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