Folks in Better Manchester are requesting flu jabs “in droves” after a push to get extra individuals vaccinated to alleviate strain on the NHS this winter.
A Bolton physician says the flu vaccine received’t cease sufferers getting Covid-19 however will “reduce the probabilities of you ending up in hospital” as frontline staff cope with rising admissions amid rising coronavirus circumstances.
In July, the Authorities introduced it was aiming to double its winter flu vaccination programme in England to 30 million individuals, together with free jabs for anybody aged 50 and over.
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Dr Helen Wall, medical director of commissioning at Bolton CCG and a GP associate and coach at The Oaks Household Apply, stated it’s “nice information” that so many individuals are in search of a flu jab.
She stated: “Flu vaccinations have been extraordinarily widespread this yr and sufferers have been contacting us for them in droves and lots of practices have been very proactive in offering covid safe flu clinics in a well timed method. That is nice information.
“The flu vaccine won’t cease you getting Covid however what it would do is reduce the probabilities of you ending up in hospital which is clearly much more necessary this yr attributable to pressures on the hospital methods.
“We additionally know that turning into unwell with one virus equivalent to flu can enhance your threat of catching one other equivalent to covid so it is smart to do what we will to scale back the variety of flu infections this yr greater than ever.
“The measures which can be in place to guard towards covid equivalent to wash arms, cowl face, make area will little question additionally cut back the transmission of flu and lots of different viruses.”