Health leaders in Greater Manchester have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the double danger that Covid-19 and flu could cause this winter and to encourage residents to have their vaccines.
To illustrate the issue the viruses have been brought to life in the shape of two giant monster characters.
The terrible two visited Stretford Mall to let local residents know about the disruption the viruses can cause, how they can spoil people’s plans in the run up to the festive season and the health threat they pose.
The campaign also directs people to where and how they can have their vaccinations, as well as other support, including cost of living advice.
Councillor Jane Slater, the Executive Member for Health Wellbeing and Equalities in Trafford, said: “In Trafford, we are very keen to ensure our residents are protected from the flu and Covid, which we know can have devastating effects to the health of our most vulnerable.”
Dr Manish Prasad, Deputy Medical Director (Trafford) at NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, said: “Flu and Covid-19 are caused by viruses that spread very easily and can cause some people to become seriously or fatally ill. Older people and those with certain health conditions are more at risk. This winter we expect to see Covid-19 and flu circulating at the same time, so it’s very important to get protected to reduce the risk of being admitted to hospital due to these infections. If you haven’t as yet had your vaccine you can get this at your local pharmacy or GP practice. “
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to adults who:
- are 50 and over (including those who will be 50 by 31 March 2023)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system, such as someone living with HIV, someone who has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
If you're eligible for the free flu vaccine, it's likely you can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) seasonal booster.
Getting both vaccines is important because:
- more people are likely to get flu this winter
- you're more likely to be seriously ill if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time
It's safe to have both vaccines at the same time, but you need to book them separately.
If you're eligible for either vaccine, you do not need to wait to be contacted to get vaccinated.
Find out if you’re eligible and book yours today Get My Jab | Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership (gmintegratedcare.org.uk)
Posted on Tuesday 15th November 2022