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Pharmacy Chief Calls for Greater Awareness of Flu Jab Availability

Pharmacy chief says more needs to be done to raise awareness about the availability of flu jabs in local pharmacies, after figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week suggested the flu virus was a major cause of excess deaths last winter.

According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), over the winter of 2014/15 there were an estimated 43,900 excess deaths, with the flu virus cited as a major cause of the rise.

Most of the deaths involved people over 75 years of age, with more than a third of the deaths linked to respiratory problems caused by winter illnesses, such as influenza.