GPs have issued a special plea for people aged 75 and over to have jabs against Asian flu.

It follows a Government decision to extend for the first time this year the categories of patients recommended for flu jabs.

Immunisation is recommended for those of any age with chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus and patients with lowered immunity due to disease or treatment.

All three practices in Didcot - Didcot Health Centre-Asbury Centre, Mereland Road Surgery and Oak Tree Surgery - are running flu clinics during October.

Mrs Gail Goodey manager of Mereland Road Surgery said: "Patients who fall into the recommended categories and wish to be immunised should contact their surgery and make an appointment."

Anyone not considered to be in an 'at risk' category requiring immunisation should consult their doctor.

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