Two monsters invaded Bolton to remind people to get jabbed up against Covid and flu!
The dangerous duo visited the town centre to make sure that we get vaccinated as we head into winter.
They illustrated the mayhem that both viruses bring, the health threat they pose and the events they can spoil for people.
Lesley Hardman, senior responsible officer for the Covid vaccination programme in Bolton, said:
Don’t be tempted to think that Covid has gone away! It hasn’t and the numbers will go up as we go into the colder months.
Flu is also predicted to be more severe this year. It’s not just a bad cold; if you catch flu you will know about it and it could develop into something more serious.
Getting either virus can make you very ill so you definitely don’t want to come down with either – or both!
While most people will recover from these illnesses without serious problems, Covid and flu can pose huge risks to others, particularly the elderly and those with underlying health issues.
Getting vaccinated will reduce the severity of infection and reduce the chances of spreading the viruses to vulnerable loved ones.
The following people are being offered a free Covid-19 autumn booster vaccine:
Flu vaccines are being offered free to:
Lynn Donkin, interim director of public health, Bolton Council, said:
I would urge people to take up the offer of a free flu vaccine ahead of what could be a difficult winter with respiratory viruses circulating widely.
While we are all aware of the dangers of Covid-19, it’s important to remember that flu can also be serious. The strain of flu that we expect to be circulating this winter can cause particularly severe illness, so getting the flu jab is a sensible thing to do to protect yourself and those around you, especially people who are elderly or may be vulnerable because of other conditions.
Visit https://bit.ly/BoltonVaxClinics for details.
You can also book online at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/.
Flu vaccinations will be given at GP surgeries and other venues.
People who do not qualify for a free flu jab can still get vaccinated at their local pharmacy for around £10 to £15.