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LGA - Councils respond to 2015 death figures

Vice Chair of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Linda Thomas, responds to ONS figures on the number of deaths in 2015.

"These figures show that the high number of winter deaths remains a concern, and illustrate the importance of winter readiness and taking steps to guard against the increased risk of illness during this critical period.

"The free flu vaccine can be a key preventative measure, and while it has been reported that last year it was ineffective due to the flu outbreak being of a particular strain, councils with their public health responsibilities would still encourage people who need it to take the vaccine, as one way of keeping healthy and well during winter."

Further information is available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/news/news/spikeinnumberofdeathsin2015drivenbyincreasedmortalityinover75s

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