Flu jab appeal by NHS

NORTH Yorkshire’s public health chief is making a fresh appeal to those at risk from seasonal flu to make sure they get their vaccine before winter.

Latest figures taken from GP surgeries across North Yorkshire and York show that uptake amongst pregnant women and people under 65 years deemed to be ‘at risk’ from seasonal flu is lower than expected.

Dr Phil Kirby, interim director of public health, said: “Those people who are more at risk from flu should have the vaccine because they are not able to fight it off as easily as others.

“For them, flu can often result in serious complications, sometimes requiring hospital admission, or even be life-threatening.”

This year all pregnant women are being offered a seasonal flu vaccination at any stage of pregnancy. Last year, only women in the second and third stages (trimesters) of pregnancy were offered the vaccine.