60,000 people in Derbyshire yet to have free flu jab

4,000 pregnant women are included in the number of people who are eligible for a free flu jab Photo: PA

Over 60,000 people who are eligible for a free flu jab have yet to take up the offer which means they are at risk of the virus.

This includes 4,000 pregnant women and 30,000 people under 65 with a long-term illness living in Derbyshire.

A video is being launched by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County featuring Derbyshire patients, businesses and health professionals to encourage people to stay flu free this winter. The video highlights the importance of having the free jab, which costs the local economy over £18 million each year.

We hope that the video will go some way to ensuring that more people are vaccinated this winter.

– Jane Careless, immunisation coordinator at NHS Derbyshire County

Elderly people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with long-term illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma, are at most risk of catching the virus.

For more information visit the NHS Derby City and Derbyshire County website.

The video is available via this link.