Published on: 25th November 2019

People living in Salford are being encouraged to get their flu vaccination and stay well this winter to relieve pressure on urgent care services.

Salford’s Influenza Partnership, led by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is taking action to reduce the number of people falling ill during the winter months by advising people to get their flu jab, how to stay well and what to do if they are feeling ill.

People aged 65 and over, pregnant women, children aged two and three, and people living with long term health conditions are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination as they are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus. The vaccination for these groups, including a nasal spray for children, is available at GP practices.

Flu can be extremely serious and is particularly unpleasant for small children as it can lead to them developing a very high fever as well as further complications such as severe chest infections, pneumonia and painful ear infections.  It’s important that young children are vaccinated against flu to protect themselves and others as they are ‘super spreaders’, meaning they catch germs and pass them on more easily. In Salford, all children in school years reception to six are being offered the flu nasal vaccine in school by IntraHealth.

NHS Salford CCG has created ‘Flu Snot Funny’ videos, highlighting that the flu virus is dangerous for young people and encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible.

Dr Jeremy Tankel, Medical Director and Influenza Lead at NHS Salford CCG, said: “As flu changes, it’s important to get the vaccination every year to ensure you are protected and to stop it spreading to others.

“It’s vital that young children are vaccinated as they are particularly prone to severe disease and are very infectious to vulnerable people in the community. All these dangers can be reduced by having the flu vaccine, so if you haven’t done so already, contact your GP as soon as possible.”

People who aren’t eligible for the free flu vaccination should still get their flu jab which is available at pharmacies.

Self-care or visiting a pharmacy is the best ways to treat common winter illnesses but if someone is unsure what to do, call your GP or NHS 111, a 24/7 helpline which will be able to give you advice on which service is best for you.

More information on how to stay well this winter is available here: www.salfordccg.nhs.uk/helpushelpyou

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