Lives at risk by avoiding the flu vaccine

Tens of thousands of elderly people are putting their lives at risk by not getting their NHS flu vaccine, experts have warned. Despite the overall uptake of the flu vaccination rates being fairly consistent in the past few years, there were 16,133 more admissions to hospital for flu and pneumonia for people aged 50 and over in the winter period of 2018/19, than there were in the previous year – with 5,370 more hospital admissions in the 65 and over age group.

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The NHS offers free flu jabs to vulnerable groups. Age UK's Caroline Abrahams, Age UK's Charity Director, said: "The flu is a serious health hazard for older people, particularly for those who are frail or who have other conditions that undermine their resilience.

“We would encourage any older person to make sure they receive the jab every year as it offers valuable protection against the virus and anything that can be done to help prevent older people from contracting flu is worth doing.”

Extracts form article by Paul Gallagher the i

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