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Lord Mayor of York urges people to get flu jab

By Georgie Reid and Molly Catterall

YORK’S Lord Mayor has urged people to get the Flu vaccination this winter, following concerns that the virus is stronger than previous years.

Cllr. Barbara Boyce, the Lord Mayor of York has reiterated the importance of the jab, particularly for vulnerable people, for example the elderly or those with poor health.

She was pictured this week getting the vaccination, along with Phil Mettam, accountable officer for the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

“We would encourage all local people to have the flu jab,” Mr Mettam told the York Press.

“Our pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, those with long-term health conditions, and children aged two and three and school pupils in reception class and years one to four are all eligible for a free flu vaccination.”

But local journalist Julie Gatenby got the flu jab for the first time recently and has urged everyone to follow suit, regardless of whether they are eligible to get it for free or not.

“There probably isn’t an argument against it because it’s free.

People who get flu may end up in hospital. For the sake of a simple jab they could have stayed out of hospital, not been ill, and probably saved the NHS a lot of money.”

Around 600 people die a year from flu-related complications, according to the Oxford Vaccine Group.