Stockport Council and NHS Stockport CCG thanks those who have got their #JabDone

The ‘Jab Done’ campaign encourages eligible residents and staff to get their flu vaccination - and protect themselves, patients and colleagues with one quick jab.

Having your flu vaccination is the best way of protecting yourself and people you care for against the flu and the potentially terrible effects of the virus.

Last year, Stockport had over 98,000 Stockport residents being vaccinated against the flu, the highest number ever recorded in the borough. Elsewhere, just under 70 per cent of Greater Manchester’s NHS Trust staff received the vaccination, an improvement of around seven per cent on the previous year.

As we are approaching the colder months, it’s important to get your flu jab done as soon as possible, especially the older population, pregnant women and 2-3 year olds.

Vaccinating health and social care staff will help to protect the vulnerable people they are caring for, by reducing the risk of them bringing the virus into the home and spreading it amongst the residents or service users. Vaccinated staff are also less likely to need to take time off from work due to having the flu, which will help to ease staffing and financial pressures over the winter. Flu in a care home could spread rapidly through unvaccinated staff and residents, leading to a potential outbreak. An outbreak of flu in a care home could prove costly both financially, but more importantly, in terms of health.

Carers are also able to get the vaccination to help to protect our most vulnerable residents if you receive a carer's allowance or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick.

Even if you had the vaccine last year, you still need to get a new one again this year. This is because the viruses that cause flu can change every year, so you need a vaccination that matches the new viruses each year.

It is also important to get your flu jab done as soon as possible to leave adequate time before any Coronavirus vaccinations, as there must be a minimum of 7 days between a flu and COVID vaccine. Due to demand for the vaccination, we are asking for people to be patient and wait be called for their vaccine as priority groups will be called first.

Councillor Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health at Stockport Council, said: “It is important we continue vaccinating as many residents as possible who have the opportunity to have the vaccine.

“This season, those working in Health and Social Care are already dealing with Coronavirus pressures, so it’s key to avoid the flu as well as it can make you seriously ill. Help to protect yourselves, patients and colleagues with one quick vaccination now.”

Dr Cath Briggs, GP Chair, NHS Stockport CCG said: "If you are one of the people most at risk, then it is really important to have your flu vaccination. The flu jab programme includes primary age children, two and three-year-old’s, those on the shielded list and over-65s. This year people aged 50-64 years can also get the flu jab to help protect people and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services.”

For further information about the flu vaccine, please visit the NHS Website.