ALMOST all medical staff at Royal Bolton Hospital had the flu jab this winter.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Dr Jackie Bene, told the board of directors this week of the news that 98 per cent of staff have been vaccinated against influenza this year.

She said: "I think that sends a big message that if doctors are taking it, you need to get vaccinated."

As well as NHS staff, children, 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 are eligible for a free flu jab.

A nasal flu vaccination is offered to children free of charge.

Parents of toddlers aged 2 or 3 can get their children vaccinated at their GP surgery.

School children from reception up to Year 6 receive their vaccination at school, which parents give their consent for.