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HPA highlights need for flu vaccination

29th December 2010

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has highlighted the importance of influenza vaccinations following a rise in the number of deaths resulting from the illness.

According to the latest figures from the HPA, a total of 27 people have died of flu so far this winter, with 24 of these patients having fallen victim to the H1N1 (2009) strain, which was responsible for last year's swine flu outbreak.

Almost half of those who have died were in a clinical at-risk group and had been advised to have the seasonal flu jab.

Professor John Watson, head of respiratory diseases at the HPA, said that experts are seeing more severe cases of flu among under-65s than usual this year, due to the fact that H1N1 is one of the predominant strains in circulation.

"We continue to urge those in risk groups, including pregnant women at any stage of their pregnancy and healthcare workers, to get vaccinated as soon as possible," Professor Watson advised.

Earlier this month, the British Medical Association urged the government to step up its public awareness campaign for seasonal flu immunisation.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800315012-ADNFCR

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