Experts urge at-risk Sidmothians to get flu jab

PUBLISHED: 17:31 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

AS the number of flu cases rise in Sidmouth, experts are urging high-risk patients to get a flu vaccine. GPs have seen an increasing number of people with the virus and figures are significantly higher than this time last year. The latest figures show 69

AS the number of flu cases rise in Sidmouth, experts are urging high-risk patients to get a flu vaccine.

GPs have seen an increasing number of people with the virus and figures are significantly higher than this time last year.

The latest figures show 69 GP consultations for flu-like illness per 100,000 of the population up from 39.5 per 100,000 on December 14.

However experts have assured people that a flu epidemic is unlikely.

Sara Gibbs, consultant in Public Health for Devon Primary Care Trust, said: "The number of cases of flu is certainly higher in comparison to the last few years. Rates vary from year to year, although currently they are not abnormally higher. We can't say at this stage if the current flu outbreak has hit its peak."

However, she said it was important that Sidmothians who are at-risk from contracting the virus should make sure they are immunised.

She added: "There are still some people in the Sidmouth and East Devon area who have not taken up the opportunity to have a free flu jab. We would urge them to contact their local GP practice to see if they are eligible for one.


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