Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.
The number of pensioners who have received the vaccination has fallen from the same period last year. And the number of other “at risk” patients, who are under the age of 65 and suffer from various medical complications, has also decreased.
Figures show that by the end of last week, 48.9 per cent of patients aged 65 or older had the flu jab, but in the same week in 2011, 54.8 per cent of pensioners had received it.
Similarly, 28.7 per cent of patients with other medical complications, including asthma, heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, had been vaccinated by October 28, while at the same point in the previous year, 32.2 per cent of patients in England had already been given the jab, according to Department of Health figures.