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Health leaders across the UK have united to urge people aged 65 and over to take advantage of the NHS’s biggest ever flu vaccination programme.

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The number of winter deaths last year hit a record high in more than 40 years. With an estimated 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017/18 – the highest recorded since winter 1975/76, experts blame the failure of last year’s flu jab to adequately protect members of the public from the influenza virus.

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A group of global experts in longevity and diabetes, including IfA and ILC, have signed a consensus statement outlining that vaccination is a critical element of public health strategy to improve and maintain the health and function of older people with diabetes.

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MPs say they have been shocked to discover that only 25% of social care staff looking after the elderly and vulnerable are vaccinated against flu.

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Experts in health and infectious diseases will today argue that a combination of antimicrobial resistance, complacency, austerity, climate change, urbanisation and migration are increasing the risk of infectious diseases and pandemics.

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