Krankies don’t need hankies! Comedy duo back serious message around flu jab

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They’re the ultimate Eighties comeback kids – known by many of a certain age for their ‘Fan Dabi Dozi’ catchline, cheeky banter and thumbs up poses.

And, now, the Krankies are not only back on stage in Manchester for Dick Whittington – but they are the ultimate example of how the ‘show must go on’ after having their flu vaccinations and urging others in the city and Greater Manchester to take the same precaution in this short message

The comedy couple are the latest people to get on board with a dedicated campaign – that includes cabs turned out with flu messages – in a bid to drive more people in Greater Manchester to beat some of the winter blues with a single vaccination.

The multi-media flu campaign is being supported by all ten Greater Manchester boroughs and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and is part of a planned approach to keeping people well and helping to take the pressure off the urgent care system ahead of predictions about this year’s virus strain and effects.

In total there are one million free flu vaccinations available to people most at risk of flu this year across Manchester and the Greater Manchester region.

These people in the ‘at risk’ groups – people aged over 65, people with long-term health conditions like asthma and diabetes, pregnant women, people with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 and carers.

Specifically, the Greater Manchester flu  element of the campaign will focus on two particular audiences – parents of 2-8- year-olds and people in the clinical at risk groups, in addition to those over the age of 65.

A nasal flu vaccination is also offered to children free of charge. Parents of toddlers aged 2 or 3 can get them vaccinated at their GP surgery. School children from reception up to year 4 receive their vaccination at school, which parents give their consent for.

Lord Peter Smith, Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and portfolio lead for health and social care at Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: “Flu season typically starts now, which is why we want to raise awareness now of how people can get a simple flu vaccination through GP surgeries, pharmacies and through schools.

“Last year only just over half of people eligible for a free jab took it up. These are figures we have to change because flu is an extremely serious condition – and in some cases people can die, or be hospitalised with it.”