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One million asthma patients in the UK are playingRussian Roulette’ with their lives because they are planning to shun the flu vaccine, a charity has warned.

‘In fact, the vaccine can’t give you flu, the side effects are minimal and it could save people’s lives by preventing a life-threatening asthma attack.’  

All NHS staff have been told to receive the flu vaccine to help protect vulnerable patients against the virus this winter, health officials last month. 

Flu viruses are constantly changing proteins on their surface to avoid detection by the body’s immune system – making it more deadly.

This transformation is called an ‘antigenic shift’ if it’s large enough, and can lead to a pandemic. This was responsible for the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

Figures show around three people die from an asthma attack in the UK every day. 

The last one, in 1918, led to the deaths of between 50 to 100 million people and has been described as one of the deadliest human disasters ever.

The programme targets over-65s, young children, pregnant women and anyone with severe chronic illness such as asthma, heart failure or diabetes.

Up to 26 million people across the UK will be offered a free vaccine on the NHS this winter. 

All 5.4 million Britons with the condition are allowed to get the vaccine for free each winter.

The charity’s stark warning comes ahead of this year’s flu outbreak, which usually peaks between December and January. 

The survey of 1,000 asthma patients in the UK also delved into why they were not planning on getting the jab this winter.

But 23 per cent of these are not going to get their annual jab, according to a new survey commissioned by Asthma UK.

Experts have long warned that it’s a question of when, not if, another flu pandemic hits. 

Asthma UK warned this means they are more likely to react to other triggers, such as pollen or pollution – increasing the chance of an asthma attack.

Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead at the charity, said: ‘People with asthma who are shunning the flu jab could be playing Russian Roulette with their life.

‘Unfortunately, there are lots of myths about the flu jab not working, causing side effects or causing flu.

A third of respondents revealed they were worried about the side effects, while 27 per cent were sceptical about whether it would work.

The charity urged patients to get the jab as soon as possible because it takes up to two weeks for it be fully effective.

Rates of flu are already higher in the UK this winter than they were at the same point during last year’s outbreak, considered the worst in seven years.

‘The majority of people with asthma say colds and flu are their top trigger so it makes sense for them to try and protect themselves by getting the flu jab.

The flu virus can worsen inflammation in the airways so they narrow, leaving patients coughing, wheezing and gasping for breath.

Last winter’s jab worked for fewer than one in three of the over-65s given it — and many of the 15,000 flu deaths in the UK were older patients.

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