OAPs urged to get the flu jab

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Just half of OAPs across
 Derbyshire have had their flu jabs this year, health bosses have revealed.

And although take-up of the jab has risen by nearly five per cent in pregnant women compared to last year, many individuals at highest risk remain unprotected from the flu, say bosses at NHS Derbyshire County and Derbyshire County Council.

Now doctors are calling for more people at highest risk from the virus to get themselves vaccinated. For those in an ‘at risk’ group the flu jab is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes. These include the over 65s, the under-65s with a long-term medical condition and pregnant women.

Dr Bruce Laurence, acting director of public health said: “The start of winter really is the best time to book an appointment with your GP to have the jab before cases of flu start to rise. “Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch. Flu is not just a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect older people.

Fifteen per cent of GP in Derbyshire had to temporarily postpone the start of their flu campaign due to delays from drug manufacturer Crucell. These issues are now resolved.