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Winter flu campaign launched

28th September 2007

The government has launched a campaign for the forthcoming winter season urging young people particularly at risk to get a flu jab.

The campaign, due to kick off next week, will mark the start of the flu season and will come off the back of advice given by the chief medical officer.

“Flu could seriously affect the health of over two million younger people in ‘at risk’ groups such as those with asthma or diabetes,” Professor Liam Donaldson said today.

He went on to encourage those over 65 years of age to still get the jab but also confirmed that many people under this age are putting themselves at risk by thinking that only older people suffer the most from influenza.

In 2006, nearly six in ten people at-risk who were also under the age of 65 did not get a flu jab, leading to over two million particularly vulnerable to the side effects of the virus.

Flu plays a part in over 25,000 excess winter deaths every year as well as thousands of people being hospitalised.

Those with serious heart or respiratory conditions, kidney or liver disease, diabetes or have suffered strokes are encouraged to get the flu jab this winter.

Earlier this week, a study published in the Lancet journal stated that giving elderly people a vaccine to prevent flu-related death is not as effective as reports have previously suggested.

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