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The Department of Health offers the free vaccination to groups deemed 'at risk'
Over 20,000 people entitled to a free flu vaccine last year did not take up the opportunity, according to a pharmacist group.
Ahead of winter the North East London Pharmaceutical Committee has issued a warning to those who might be at risk of developing health complications due to influenza.
As well as 25,000 eligible people opting not to take the free jab, nearly 70 per cent of pregnant women in the borough were not vaccinated against flu last year, the group added.
Pregnant women have a higher chance of developing complications from influenza.
Hemant Patel, secretary of the North East London Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “I would encourage everyone over 65 and those who are at risk to visit their pharmacy or surgery and get vaccinated.”
Those at risk include those over 65, asthmatics, diabetics, those living in long-stay nursing and residential homes and carers of elderly or disabled people.
The Department of Health provides free flu vaccinations for at risk groups.
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