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FLU jabs have been given to scores of people who help to maintain the county’s roads in a bid to reduce sick leave during the winter.

Staff working for Amey – which is Hampshire County Council’s highways contractor – have been offered free vaccinations to ensure services such as gritting and snow ploughing are not affected this winter.

Amey employs around 250 people in Hampshire to maintain more than 5,000 miles of roads in Hampshire.

Last winter, the company lost an average of two and a half days per staff member to seasonal illness.

Chris Morris, Amey’s account director in Hampshire, said: ‘We deliver a vital service keeping the county’s roads clear and moving in winter. Many of our staff have to be out at all hours and in all weathers to do this.

‘It makes sense for us to help reduce their susceptibility to illness.’