Commenting on the publication of ONS figures on excess winter mortality in 2016/2017Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:

“These statistics highlight the impact flu can have, particularly on the oldest people in society. Despite this, it is extremely concerning that almost a third of older people who are entitled to a free flu jab still does not get it. The Government must do more to ensure there is greater uptake of the flu vaccine amongst older people if we are to effectively reduce the impact of illness on the most vulnerable people this winter.”

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