Robert Goodwill says everyone who is eligible should be vaccinated, especially while the country is battling the pandemic.
“As we approach the winter, it is imperative that everyone who needs a flu vaccination takes up the offer to have one,” he said.
“I urge everyone in Scarborough and Whitby who is eligible to get vaccinated, which could make an important difference if they should also catch coronavirus in the months ahead.
“Controlling the spread of coronavirus and protecting the NHS is on all of us. We must all wash our hands, cover our faces and make space, as well as taking sensible steps like getting a flu jab.”
MP for Malton Kevin Hollinrake has echoed the call, also asking his constituents to get the flu vaccine.
The Government has launched a drive to vaccinate 30 million people against flu.
It comes as new research from Public Health England suggests that people who tested positive for both flu and Covid-19 were more than twice as likely to die, compared to those with Covid-19 alone.
The research also found that those with co-infection of the two viruses were more at risk of severe illness.
This year, the flu vaccination programme is being expanded to help protect people from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services.
Those eligible include all primary school children and - for the first time - Year 7 children, two and three-year-olds, adults aged 65 and over, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.
Once uptake has been maximised in the most at-risk groups, the newly-eligible 50 to 64-year-olds will be invited for vaccination.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This year more than ever, it’s vital that those eligible for the flu jab get it this winter so you can protect yourself, your family and the NHS.
“We’re pulling out all the stops to prepare for this uniquely challenging winter and we have enough vaccines for 30 million people this year - more than we’ve ever done before.”
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