Patients prodded to get the jab

HIGH Peak residents most at risk of flu are being reminded to ensure they have their free flu jab.

Each year around 600 people in the UK die from seasonal flu, which can rise to around 13,000 deaths during a flu epidemic.

Dr David Riddell, chair of the NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s High Peak clinical reference group and GP at Goyt Valley Medical Practice, said: “For the majority of individuals flu is a mild illness, however for a minority, the virus causes severe illness and can be fatal. But the good news is there is a way to reduce the risks associated with flu – and that’s by having the free flu jab on the NHS. So I’d urge all at-risk patients to think seriously before they take unnecessary risks with their health.”

At-risk patients include people aged 65 or over, pregnant women and those with a long-term illness.