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Yorkshire doctors issue flu vaccination reminder

Yorkshire doctors issue flu vaccination reminder

Published at 6:01am 6th January 2018.

Doctors in Yorkshire are reminding everyone that it's not too late to get the flu vaccination.

With illnesses on the rise as winter continues, people who haven't yet had the jab are being urged to protect themselves and those around them.

Dr Paul Twomey, Medical Director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "Flu can be very serious and the flu jab can protect you and your family and help ease the pressure on our A&E departments, which are very busy at this time of year.

"You can book an appointment to get the vaccine at your GP or local pharmacy and the flu nasal spray vaccination is the simplest way to protect children."

Those with flu-like symptoms are also being asked not to visit hospitals, as they may put vulnerable people at risk of getting flu.

In December, there were 61 admissions of confirmed influenza cases to intensive care or high dependency units across England, with seven flu-related deaths recorded.

However, less than half of pregnant woman and those in 'at risk' groups have had their vaccination, with 70% of over-65s having had theirs.

Some people are more vulnerable to becoming poorly in the colder months, including those with long-term conditions like diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Anyone in this group is more likely to have potentially serious complications from flu and the vaccination offers the best protection.

To find out if you're eligible for a free flu vaccination, visit www.nhs.uk

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