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Flu poses 'significant threat' in Wales this winter, officials warn

Flu could pose a "significant" threat this winter for the first time since the Covid pandemic, public health expert have warned.

There are concerns the flu season may start earlier and affect more people, as other respiratory viruses re-emerge following Covid restrictions.

Public Health Wales is urging adults and children who are eligible for a free flu jab to take up the offer. The announcement comes as cases of flu have already been detected in Wales.

All children between two and 16 are eligible for a free flu vaccine - although only certain groups of children over five are eligible for Covid-19 boosters.

The warning comes after Australia experienced its highest number of flu cases in five years, with its season starting early.

Experts fear Wales and the UK could see similar levels this winter.

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Source: BBC News, 27 September 2022


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