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Campaign urges more flu jabs in Wales

Older people, pregnant women, children and people in high risk groups such as asthmatics are offered vaccination shots currently Photo: Press Association

Public Health Wales is urging more people to get flu jabs this winter.

People in 'at-risk' groups are offered the injection currently, but the take-up is lower in Wales than the rest of the UK.

For some people, particularly the elderly, pregnant women and those with existing medical conditions flu can cause serious illness and be life threatening.

The flu vaccination is highly effective and has very few adverse sideeffects.

The most effective way of controlling flu is by as many people as possiblebeing immunised against it

– Dr. Sara Hayes, ABM Director of Public Health

Last winter 607 people died of flu in England and Wales.

High risk groups include:

  • People aged 65 and over
  • Aged 6 months or older with a long term health condition such as: respiratory, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease or diabetes
  • Pregnant women - any trimester or stage of pregnancy
  • Immunosuppressed or living with someone who is
  • Carers
  • People living in a residential care home or other long-stay care facilities