Flu jab vaccinations fall for over-65s

5 November 2012

The number of older people getting flu jabs has fallen, according to new figures.

With the wintery season now here, there is a fear that people over the age of 65 who have not been vaccinated risk becoming seriously ill.

The Department of Health (DoH) reported that by the end of last week, only 48.9 per cent of pensioners had been for the all important jab, compared with 54.8 per cent over the same period last year.

In light of these findings, the DoH has launched a brand new campaign to encourage at-risk groups to make sure they are vaccinated.

This includes pregnant women, people with a weakened immune system and those with underlying health problems.
"Cold weather can be hazardous for our health - particularly for older people and those with respiratory illnesses," said health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

"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 £42 million in emergency admissions alone."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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