At-risk residents are being reminded to keep an eye out for invitations for their flu jab.

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has sent a series on invitation letters from GPs in the area to everyone over 65, those with long-term health conditions, carers, pregnant women, children aged two to eight and other at-risk groups.

Last year, only 58 per cent of eligible individuals took up the offer of a vaccination, despite the virus' unpleasant symptoms.

Dr Ahmed Mayet, a Witham GP and CCG clinical leader for planned care, said: "Flu is a highly contagious illness, which can spread rapidly through local communities.

"It can cause serious complications for at-risk groups, including pregnant women, the elderly and people with long-term health conditions.

“If you are eligible for the free flu vaccination, make sure you act on your letter from your GP and get the jab – please don’t ignore it.

"Having a flu jab will protect you and others. Contact your GP practice if you believe you are eligible for the jab but haven’t received an invite.”

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