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Large amount of free flu jabs missed last year in Cornwall

Large amount of free flu jabs missed last year in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 29th December 2019.

A high percentage of people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, eligible for the free winter flu vaccine, failed to have one last year according to latest figures by NHS England. 

England’s top doctors are urging people to protect themselves and their families from flu amid warnings that new cases may peak in the next couple of weeks. 

NHS England data showed that out of almost 120,000 people in the county entitled to the free jab, only 60 per cent visited their local doctor or pharmacy for immunisations. 

The low rate meant almost 47,000 vulnerable people were left unprotected in the area through the key winter months.

While the flu virus can be unpleasant for anyone, if sufferers are otherwise healthy it usually clears up without treatment within a week.


However, for certain groups of people, such as the elderly, the very young, pregnant women and people with other health conditions, it can be serious and even cause death.

The NHS offers free flu vaccines to all these groups due to their increased vulnerability.

As flu levels ramp up this year, Public Health England has introduced its Catch It, Bin It, Kill It campaign, to help prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease during New Year celebrations.

It says hundreds of thousands could see their holiday plans turned to misery if flu levels rise as expected in late December and early January.


“Whether it’s missing out on your Christmas dinner, the Boxing Day match or a New Year’s party, nobody wants to be laid low by flu while the festivities are in full swing.

“It’s good to see that more people over the age of 65 have already got their jab. For older people and those with underlying health conditions, getting flu is particularly bad news because it can lead to really serious conditions like pneumonia and bronchitis, which can mean a lengthy stay in hospital.

“And we know that children are ‘super spreaders’ of flu, particularly around the holiday season when they’re more likely to see elderly relatives.

“So our message is simple: the flu season is here, get your jab now. It might be the difference between a Christmas to remember, and one to forget.”

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS's national medical director

You can find the source data here.

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