Protect yourself and your family against flu
Bolton’s health bosses drafted in the support of some friends to help in the fight against flu at their annual Flu Roadshow.
NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), was joined at the event in Victoria Square, on Tuesday, October 23 by colleagues from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and Bolton FM.
The roadshow enabled members of the public to find out more about the benefits of having the flu vaccine, and how they can keep themselves healthy this Winter.
Flu is a serious virus that is easily spread through coughs, sneezes and poor hand hygiene.
Last year, more than 500 people received hospital treatment in Bolton due to debilitating symptoms.
It is particularly dangerous to those people with long term health conditions, the elderly and very young.
Health organisations advise that people should have the flu vaccine to try and avoid widespread infection.
However, there are a number of myths surrounding the condition which Bolton CCG hopes to dispel.
This year, Bolton CCG has the added ‘magic ingredient’ of Flo the Flu Fairy, aimed at encouraging the borough’s youngest citizens to get protected.
Flo comes with the message: “Shoo the flu away with a simple spray”, which highlights the fact that the children’s vaccine is a nasal spray rather than an injection.
Parents of two and three year olds will receive a letter inviting them to attend their GP surgery for the nasal spray.
School-age children up to Year 5 will receive the nasal spray as part of a school health programme (parents will be asked to give consent).
For all children aged two to nine, the nasal spray is free of charge.
Chair of Bolton CCG, Wirin Bhatiani, added: “In recent years, the vaccination programme has extended to school children and those aged two and three years. The vaccine for children comes in the form of a simple and painless nasal spray – not an injection like the adult version.
“It’s just a quick spray in one nostril and your child is protected, plus they will also help to protect other, more vulnerable, members of the family. We’ve created Flo the Flu Fairy as a fun character that we hope will appeal to families with young children who may not be aware of the nasal spray or the consequences of the flu virus.”
More than 100 people dropped into the event to find out how they could protect themselves against flu.