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MPs renew call for higher flu jab uptake

2 November 2012

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Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter was among a number of MPs and peers who attended the annual flu vaccination clinic in the House of Commons to encourage more people at risk from flu to get their jab.

Westminster Flu Day saw more than 80 MPS and peers receive their flu jab to highlight the importance of vaccination.

Leading the clinic, Dr George Kassianos, a GP and Fellow and Immunisation Lead of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Despite the relatively mild flu season last year, people should remember that flu remains a serious threat, particularly for those aged over 65 and those of any age with medical conditions that put them at increased risk from influenza infection and its complications. Flu can be a pretty nasty and debilitating illness and I would encourage everyone at risk to get their annual flu jab.”

The annual event is sponsored by the UK Vaccine Industry Group (UVIG) and is supported by the Department of Health.

Dr Poulter renewed the call for all those over the age of 65 or in one of the ‘at risk’ groups to visit their GP surgeries for their flu vaccination.

Conservative MP Chris Skidmore MP, who hosted the clinic in Parliament said he was “delighted” with the turnout.