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Sir Trevor McDonald urges Brent pensioners to get the free flu jab

PUBLISHED: 17:06 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 11 October 2017

Sir Trevor McDonald is urging over 65s to get a flu jab (Picture: NHS)

Sir Trevor McDonald is urging over 65s to get a flu jab (Picture: NHS)

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Sir Trevor McDonald has broadcasted a message urging pensioners in Brent to get a flu jab.

The veteran news presenter has joined forces with the NHS in north west London, to launch a campaign encouraging people aged 65 and over, and others at risk, to have their flu vaccinations.

Sir Trevor, who has had a flu jab every year for 10 years, has appeared in a video to help get his message across.

He said: “I’ve agreed to be photographed having my flu jab today because my GP has advised me that it helps to protect not just myself, but the people around me.

“This year it’s more important than ever because of the heavy flu season being reported overseas. And if you’re 65 or over, it’s free.

“Don’t put it off. Contact your GP or pharmacist to arrange your flu jab.”

The campaign comes as the country is warned to brace itself for a “pressurised flu season” this winter, following the worst flu season in years in Australia and New Zealand.

The vaccination is also free for other people at risk from the flu including pregnant women and people suffering from an underlying health condition like lung disease, asthma, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or after a stroke.

Flu on top of health conditions like these can easily develop into something very serious, the NHS said.

Children aged two and three on August 31 2017 and children in reception class and school years one to four are eligible for the free flu nasal spray.

People in these groups and their carers are encouraged to contact their GP or pharmacist to arrange their free flu jab.

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