Plea for those at risk of flu in Lincolnshire and Rutland to get jab

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PEOPLE at risk of flu are being encouraged to get protected and have the vaccine.

The NHS in the East Midlands has launched a campaign in Lincolnshire and Rutland to get the jab - especially those in the four groups which have been identified as being most at risk.

These include pregnant women and their baby, people with long-term illnesses, carers and people aged above 65 years.

Last winter’s flu outbreak resulted in more than 600 deaths in the UK, and thousands more people died with flu as a contributory factor.

Dr Tony Hill, director of public health for NHS Lincolnshire, said: “Some people are more at risk from flu and need the vaccine because they are not able to fight off flu as easily as others.”

Ivan Browne, who is the consultant in public health, speaking on behalf of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland PCT Cluster, added: “Getting the free jab helps protect them and their loved ones.”