Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely, is urging all Islanders with long-term health conditions to have the flu vaccine before Christmas.
Mr Seely’s request comes as Public Health England analysis shows 6 in 10 deaths from flu are among people with underlying conditions.
Can lead to serious complications
Flu is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious complications for those living with a long-term health condition, including:
- respiratory and heart conditions
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- chronic neurological disease like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy
Seely: Both viruses can be deadly for some
Mr Seely said,
“This winter we are facing twice the risk with flu and Covid-19 potentially circulating in our communities. We know that both of these viruses can be deadly for some so it’s important that people have the flu vaccine to protect themselves, and also the Covid-19 vaccine as it becomes available.
“While the take up of the flu vaccine has been the highest ever this year, only 48% of people with a long-term health condition under the age of 65 have had the jab.
“I would urge everyone who is eligible for the free flu vaccine to please take it.”