In the UK, about three women in every 100 and one man in every 100 fit into this category, which equates to around 800,000 women and 250,000 men although some of those people would already be eligible.
Vaccinating the morbidly obese would put obesity in the same league as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Pensioners, young children and pregnant women are also advised to have the flu jab.
Previous studies have suggested that a large number of patients around the globe who died or ended up in hospital with H1N1 swine flu were morbidly obese. While some very obese people might already be eligible for the flu jab because of co-existing health problems, the majority will not be, experts said.
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