'NHS bosses have warned of a spike in the number of flu cases on the Isle of Wight, urging residents to get vaccinated.
The latest figures from Public Health England show the number of reported flu outbreaks across the South East rising over the last three weeks.
First three cases of influenza virus
On Thursday Isle of Wight NHS Trust confirmed its first three cases of the influenza virus.
Alice Webster, Nursing Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:
“There has been a steady increase in the number of cases across the South East and we want to make sure that the Island is as protected as possible against flu.
“It is so important that we do everything we possibly can to protect ourselves, our family and our community.
“We are calling on the public to help. Flu can take its toll on anyone, so anyone can benefit from getting a jab, but those aged over 65, young children, pregnant women or those who have underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable.”
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