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Don’t give COVID and flu as gifts this Christmas – ‘Tis the season to get vaccinated

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and that means people will be gathering together more than at any other time of year.

Office parties, nativity plays, family get-togethers and pantos mean we are all going to be mixing more.

So now is the time to get ready for Christmas by getting vaccinated to give yourself and the people around you protection from COVID-19 and flu.

Dr Paddy Hannigan, who leads the vaccination programme across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent said: “This is a sociable time of year when we all get together, and viral infections love a good party.

“That’s why it’s really important that everyone makes sure they are up-to-date with vaccinations.

“Christmas is a time when it’s not unusual to have four generations mixing together in the same household, with the oldest being particularly vulnerable to both flu and COVID and the youngest acting as super-spreaders.

“But people of any age can become really unwell from either infection. We are seeing more flu this year than in previous years – that’s a worrying sign.

“So I’d urge everyone to do their bit and keep Christmas merry by getting up-to-date with their vaccination protection – even if you’re not worried for yourself, it’s like giving an unseen gift to others around you.”

The NHS website has more information about flu vaccination for adults and for children, and who is eligible for COVID vaccinations including their fourth booster


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