(London Daily Mail) The annual £120m flu vaccination campaign is a ‘waste of taxpayer's money' due to the protective effects of the jab being over-hyped, it has been claimed.
Between 2,000 and 4,000 people, mostly elderly, die of flu-associated illnesses in a mild year – and up to 20,000 die in years when there is a severe epidemic.
At present, the over-65s, pregnant women, front-line health workers and anyone with an underlying health condition, including asthma and diabetes, are offered flu jabs on the NHS.
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But some experts are now arguing that the jab's effectiveness has been exaggerated.