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New campaign launched to encourage take-up of flu vaccination

13th October 2017

A new campaign is urging those who are the most at risk from flu to get their free vaccination before the winter weather hits.

Public Health England has launched the new Stay Well This Winter campaign to raise awareness of the need for vaccinations among adults over 65, pregnant women, young
children and people with long-term health conditions.

This year, free vaccinations will be offered to around 21 million people, the highest ever total. School children in year 4 will be offered the vaccine for the first time, while those over age four in reception year will be able get their vaccination in school.

The recent introduction of a nasal spray vaccine has made the administration of the medication easier than ever. Uptake amongst high-risk groups increased by 3.5 percent among eligible people last year, and the government is keen to maintain this momentum.

Professor Paul Cosford, Public Health England's medical director, said: "We want as many eligible people as possible to get their jab, as it is the best way to protect everyone from flu and minimise the burden on the NHS during the season when it faces the most pressures."

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