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Expatriate Healthcare News: Flu jabs 'protect vulnerable groups'

Expatriates with international healthcare may wish to get an inoculation from the flu, especially if they are in an at-risk demographic.

The UK's Department of Health has pointed out these individuals are on average 11 times more likely to die from this illness than the general public.

For sufferers of neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, this risk is 40 times greater, while those undergoing medical treatment are 47 times more likely for influenza to be a fatal illness to them.

Diabetics and people with heart, respiratory, liver or renal diseases are also at an elevated risk of dying from the flu.

Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies declared that everyone suffering from one of these conditions, those who are aged over 65 and pregnant women should be inoculated from influenza.

"It can save your life," she declared, adding: "Flu can kill – and it can be particularly dangerous for people in at-risk groups."

The expert dismissed rumours that this vaccine gives people the flu or contains a live version of the virus.

Symptoms of this ailment include fever, headache, aches and pains and a sore throat.

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