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Severe allergies: preparing for back to school

Food allergies occur in 1 in 20 children. Nine foods cause 90% of food-related allergic reactions – cow's milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, soy, fish, shellfish and wheat.

Although it's natural to worry about your child's serious allergy when they go back to school, good preparation can help to put your mind at ease.

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Low flu vaccine uptake in high-risk people aged < 65

Many younger patients at high risk of complications from influenza do not realise the flu vaccine is recommended for them.

Only about 36% of younger high risk groups received the vaccine.

Low awareness, concern over safety and effectiveness, and misinformation about risk all contribute to low uptake.

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