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Friday, January 14, 2011

UK : Flu death toll rises as millions at risk remain unvaccinated

Via Guardian :

" An estimated 4 million people in England who are at risk of severe complications or death if they contract seasonal flu remain unvaccinated this year, government health officials said today.

The officials said there was "extreme difficulty" in getting the importance of immunisation across to those most at risk, with the news coming as the Department of Health revealed that 112 people across the UK had died from flu-related illness since September, with the highest number in the 45 to 64 age range.

Fatalities are more than double the 50 deaths reported last week, and include six children under five, nine aged five to 14 and 70 people aged 15 to 64."

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