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Revealed: three million high-risk patients yet to have flu jab amid wave of 'public anxiety' due to deaths

The letter of warning was sent to all GP Practices from NHS England and the Royal College of GPs

More than three million people at high risk of flu have not yet been vaccinated despite the biggest wave of “public fear” since swine flu in 2009, health chiefs have said.

A letter sent to every GP practice in England warns they have just two weeks left in which to vaccinate patients against this winter’s virulent outbreak, which has already claimed 85 lives and is threatening to become an epidemic.

It comes amid concerns large numbers of pregnant women and young adults with asthma are in particular danger because of failure to take up the jab.

Temperatures are set to plummet over the next few days with bookmakers cutting the odds of this winter ending up the coldest on record to 2-1, threatening to exacerbate the problem.

Yesterday The Daily Telegraph revealed patients across the country were being turned away from high street chemists which had run out of the flu vaccine due to a late surge...

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