Santa urges over 65s to get their jab done before flu season gets going.
Santa took a break from grotto duties this week to pop into Tameside and Glossop to get his free flu jab, and make double sure he’s on top-form for the festive season.
As with all over 65s, Santa is eligible for a free flu vaccination, available from pharmacies or GP surgeries. People with long-term health conditions, people with a BMI of 40+ and pregnant women are also eligible. Children up to school year five can also have their vaccination free with a nasal spray at a GP surgery or through school.
Santa said: “With all of the world’s children relying on me, I couldn’t take the risk of getting flu at my busiest time of year. I’ve got grotto duties, supervising the elves and then I’ve got a fair bit to do on Christmas Eve!
“There’s no way I was going to risk getting flu and letting everyone down, so I popped in to see Mark Lucas the Pharmacy Manager at Well Pharmacy in Denton and he sorted my jab.”
He added: “I was a touch apprehensive but I barely felt a thing and I was back making wishes come true within a few minutes. I feel safe in the knowledge that I won’t be coming down with a nasty flu in the next couple of weeks.”
Tameside Council Executive Leader Brenda Warrington, said: “Getting flu is ‘snow’ joke, especially at this time of year when people are busy and have plans with the family - it’s so much worse than a bad cold. Getting it would absolutely ruin anyone’s Christmas and for certain people catching it can be really, really serious.
“So when Santa said he wanted to come to Tameside and Glossop to get his flu vaccination done we were pleased to have him here. He’s a very important guy and people rely on him. We were glad to have done our bit to ensure everyone has a Christmas cracker.”
“On a more serious note flu is a dangerous winter virus, especially for those at the extremes of age such as babies, young children and the over 65s. A spike in cases of flu can put pressure on our already stretched health services including GPs and hospitals. So it is important that where we can we reduce that pressure, and getting a flu jab is one such way.”