Local MP Justin Madders, is urging those in Ellesmere Port and Neston who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as it emerged that over 41,500 local people missed out on protection last year.
“Flu and complications associated with it cause 8,000 deaths a year on average in England - around 6,000 of which are people with existing heart and lung conditions.
“In the Cheshire West and Chester area last year 16,652 older people missed out on their jab and a further 17,174 working age people with long-term conditions also didn’t get the vaccine. Thousands of eligible young children and pregnant women also failed to take advantage of free protection.
“Getting the flu can be bad enough for even the fittest of us, but for older people and those with long-term conditions in particular, it can cause serious health problems.
“Getting the flu jab is free and easy, and offers the best chance we have of avoiding the flu. I’d therefore urge all those eligible – including all care home staff for the first time - to speak to your GP or local pharmacist and get your vaccination booked before the cold weather sets in.
“Information on eligibility for the free flu jab, and other tips on staying well this winter, can be found at www.nhs.uk/staywell .”