Sheffield health chief calls for more to get flu jab

Sheffield people have been urged to make the most of their free flu vaccination this winter.

Monday, 19th December 2016, 2:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 1:57 pm
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Figures show only 21,000 out of 62,000 eligible people had been given their jab at the end of October.

Those under 65 who are registered with a GP and have an underlying health condition such as asthma, heart problems or diabetes can get a vaccine.

Director of public health at Sheffield Council Greg Fell said there was a lag on the publication of figures, and it was likely more people would have taken up their vaccine in the last month.

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But he added: “Flu can cause a high temperature, sore throats, achiness and tiredness. But for some people it can be much more serious than this.

“It’s not too late to have your vaccine this winter – last year we had cases as late as April. Please speak to your GP or pharmacy about getting your flu vaccination.”

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