VIDEO: Starring role for the flu jab in film aimed at 60,000 people
SIXTY thousand people in Derbyshire who have not had a free flu jab despite being eligible are being targeted by a new film created by the NHS.
The county's uptake for the jab is currently 70% for over 65s, 39% for pregnant women, and 47% for under 65s.
Those eligible in the latter category include people who have long-term illnesses, carers for elderly or disabled people and healthcare workers.
Now the film, which was made by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County, will be played on screens in surgeries across the county.
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It is also on the Derby Telegraph website and on YouTube.
David Renshaw, 69, of Thorpe, was one of those who featured in the video after having his jab.
He said: "I've had it ever since I became eligible at 65 and haven't had flu since."
Mr Renshaw, a farmer and retired butcher, said he had recently spoken to a friend who told him his wife was suffering from flu.
He said: "I asked if she'd had the jab and he said his wife was frightened of having a reaction.
"But the chances of that are so minimal."
George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, who also appeared on the video, said the cost of flu to Derbyshire's economy each year was more than £18 million.
He said: "The cost of flu to employers stretches much further than simply just having to pay statutory sick pay to staff who take time off. It can result in disrupted work schedules that have a knock-on effect for the wider workforce."
Jane Careless, immunisation co-ordinator at NHS Derbyshire County, said: "Anyone watching the video can see how simple, painless and easy it is to protect themselves from a virus which can cause severe illness and in some cases prove fatal."
An NHS spokeswoman said the film cost about £1,000 to film and distribute.