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Flu vaccine made more available after bad season

BBC Radio Jersey

The States have made the flu vaccine more widely available to islanders this year following a bad outbreak in Australia and New Zealand.

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Dr Linda Diggle said this year pregnant women, over 65s and people with long term medical conditions will be able to access the vaccine from GP surgeries or pharmacies for £10.

Children will also have better access to free vaccinations as the Health and Social Services Department has increased the age range for primary school treatments, with children in years one to six able to have a free flu jab.

Nursery school children between the ages of two and four will also have more chances to be treated, as flu jabs will be offered to them during the day.

Vaccinations are available to all islanders privately at GP surgeries, and the department has urged islanders to get them before the winter.