Health expert urges people to get the flu jab
THOUSANDS of pregnant women in Derbyshire are still at risk of catching flu because they have not been vaccinated against it, according to figures.
Health experts said about 5,800 of them – along with 46,000 people under 65 who are eligible for the vaccination on the NHS because they have a long-term illness – had not yet had the jab this winter.
But they said GP surgeries were close to reaching the Department of Health's target for vaccinating 75% of the county's 136,000 NHS- eligible pensioners, with 74.1% getting it in Derby and 74.4% in the rest of Derbyshire.
Dr Bruce Laurence, deputy director for public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said: "Although we're delighted thousands have come forward and had their flu jab, many eligible patients are still leaving themselves exposed to the risks of the virus.
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"We usually see an increase in the number of cases of flu over Christmas so, if you are eligible for your free flu jab on the NHS, the message is that it isn't too late to book an appointment with your GP and protect yourself against the virus."
For more information about flu, call the NHS non-emergency 111 number or visit www.derbycitypct.nhs. uk/staying-healthy/derby shire-flu-safe.