Kate has urged those who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as it emerged that 27,542 missed out on protection last year across Trafford.
Flu vaccination rates continue to climb across the country, but remain lower than ideal in many areas.
Kate’s call comes as the Chief Medical Officer warned last week that flu and complications associated with it cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England - around 6,000 of which are people with existing heart and lung conditions.
In the Trafford area last year:
- 9,275 older people missed out on their jab
- A further 12,800 working age people with long-term conditions also didn’t get the vaccine.
- Thousands of young children (2-4 year olds) also didn’t get the vaccine, including 150 who were classed as being at greater risk.
- 1,000 pregnant women with no long-term conditions and 130 pregnant women with long-term conditions also didn’t get protected.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you are 65 years of age or over, receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, are pregnant, have certain medical conditions, are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility, or are a child aged 2-9.
This week Kate attended an event in parliament for MPs to get their flu jab. Kate had the jab in exchange for a donation to the Carer’s Trust, as she doesn’t qualify to get it for free.
Kate said: “I was pleased to get my flu jab and make a donation to the Carer’s Trust in parliament this week.
“Getting the flu can be bad enough for even the fittest of us, but for older people and those with long-term conditions in particular it can cause serious health problems.
“Getting the flu jab is easy, and offers the best chance of avoiding the flu that we have.
“I’d therefore urge all those eligible for a free jab – including all care home staff - to speak to your GP or local pharmacist and get your vaccination booked in before the cold weather sets in.”
More information on eligibility for the flu jab, and other tips on staying well this winter, can be found at www.nhs.uk/staywell.