Flu jab to be offered to 35 million people including secondary school pupils, amid warning of 'challenging winter'



More than 35 million people, including secondary school pupils, will be offered a free flu vaccine this winter under plans announced by the government. Announcing the winter plan, Health Secretary Sajid Javid encouraged all those eligible for a flu jab to come forward. "The flu vaccine is safe, effective and protects millions of people each year from what can be a devastating illness," she said. "Last winter, flu activity was extremely low, but this is no reason for complacency as it means less people have built up a defence against the virus. And Dr Nikita Kanani, NHS medical director for primary care, said getting your flu jab could "help save your life".


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The U.K. government is planning the largest seasonal flu vaccination campaign in history | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty ImagesWinter is coming, and with it, a potentially devastating combination for the U.K.’s health service: Rising coronavirus cases and a population that’s less protected from the flu. At the same time, the government is facing another challenge as it plans the largest seasonal flu vaccination campaign in history. From September on, the government announced today, 35 million people will be eligible to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, including older children — a group that wasn’t offered the vaccine in 2020. The campaign will coincide with plans to offer a third coronavirus vaccine dose to those most vulnerable to COVID-19 — a group that often overlaps with those prioritized for the flu jab. The booster coronavirus vaccine campaign envisions millions of people being offered a third jab to ensure they “continue to have the protection they need ahead of the winter and against new variants,” said the government in a statement.

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The mother of a hospitalized 13-year-old in Arkansas said she regrets not getting her daughter vaccinated. Angela Morris told KTHV she had "a false sense of security" and thought the virus "was just like the flu." But her daughter has been on a ventilator for days as the highly transmissible Delta variant ravages the state. It's very hard not knowing if she's really going to come home anymore or not," Morris told KTHV. It's a much better route than the one we're in," she told KTHV.

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As Velasquez seemed initially befuddled, Kielholtz got off to an early lead on the scorecards through sheer activity. By the second round, however, Velasquez found the tool that would ultimately tip the fight her way, working a stiff jab through Kielholtz's guard. "It wasn't exactly like I wanted, but I'm very happy with how I performed and the result of the fight." The fight would continue to hinge on Velasquez's jab until Kielholtz was able to land some heavy combinations while also avoiding a takedown attempt from Velasquez. "I was actually thinking about working my takedowns but I wasn't finding the timing to do it," Velasquez said.