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People with flu symptoms urged to stay away from region's A and E departments

Eligible people are being urged to have a flu vaccination Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/PA Images

As the winter health crisis continues those with flu-like symptoms in the region are being urged to stay away from hospital, as people suffering from flu are adding to the pressure on A&E departments.

Across the country, in the last week of 2017, 24 people have actually died from flu-related conditions.

A GP from Failsworth in Greater Manchester, Dr Zahid Chauhan, says that people who believe they have flu should think twice before attending A and E.