Around 6.3 million people under 65 in England have a long-term health condition and are more at risk of suffering potentially fatal complications from flu.
The Chief Medical Officer is warning today that flu and complications associated with it, cause 8000 deaths a year on average in England.
People with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely compared to those who don’t. The risk is far worse for those with chronic liver disease, who are 48 times more likely to die if they get flu.
This year, more people than ever – around 21 million – will be offered the vaccination. Children in school year 4 have been added to the programme, and children over age 4 in reception year can now get their nasal spray flu vaccine in school.
Paul Cosford, Director For Health Protection & Medical Director joined Gerry & Dave to spread the word
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News | October 10,2017