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Farron encourages 'at risk' Cumbrians to have a flu jab

November 18, 2014 2:13 PM

Local MP Tim Farron is encouraging Cumbrians to get this season’s flu injection in line with healthcare recommendations.Local MP Tim Farron is encouraging Cumbrians to get this season's flu injection in line with healthcare recommendations. Tim got a jab from Superdrug in the Westmorland Shopping Centre in Kendal on Monday afternoon.

Almost 50% of people with a serious medical condition, 25% of people over the age of 65 and 60% of pregnant women did not have a flu vaccine last year in England, despite the fact that the consequences of not having a flu vaccine for these groups of people can be serious. In the 2012/13 winter, there were an estimated 11,000 deaths from flu in the UK. Tim is urging all those placed in an 'at risk' group to get a flu jab.

Tim said: "The consequences of having flu for certain groups of people, such as people with a medical condition, pregnant women, children and people over the age of 65 can be very serious. I would urge everyone who is entitled to a free flu vaccine on the NHS to go and get vaccinated."