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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek encourages take up of seasonal flu vaccine

08 Nov 2010

Derek has had the seasonal flu jab at Westminster recently in a bid to encourage constituents to take it up.

He said that last year almost three quarters of people aged at least 65 and 51.4% of people in the at risk groups were vaccinated against flu in the area.

Derek added:

"The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect those people who are more susceptible to serious complications from flu.

I would encourage all those that are over the age of 65 or are in one of the 'at risk' groups to visit their surgeries and get vaccinated."

Those 'at risk' groups include people with chronic respiratory disease (including asthma); heart, renal , liver or neurological disease; diabetes; low immune systems; as well as people living in long-stay facilities such as nursing and residential homes, and carers of elderly or disabled people."

The initiative is sponsored by the UK Vaccine Industry Group (UVIG).



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