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Flu vaccination alert for ‘at-risk’ groups in Keighley
2:10pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in Keighley
At-risk groups in Keighley are being urged to go to their GPs for a free winter flu vaccination.
Anita Parkin, Bradford’s director of public health, said such people are 11 times more likely to experience complications if they got the flu than a ‘healthy person’.
At-risk groups include over-65s, children aged two to three years, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions.
People should contact their GP to check whether they qualify. Those not at risk can ask their pharmacy about paying for a flu vaccination.
Meanwhile, frontline staff at Airedale Hospital are being urged to protect themselves – and patients – by also having a free flu jab.
Rob Dearden, director of nursing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We would like our staff, who come into contact with patients, to have the flu vaccine as soon as possible before the virus is circulating – especially as it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect.”
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