Santa took a break from grotto duties this week to pop into Cohen’s pharmacy at Nye Bevan House in Rochdale to get his free flu jab, and make doubly 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 GP surgeries or pharmacies. 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 Mohammed Shahriyar the pharmacist who 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.”

Pharmacist, Mohammed 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. When Santa said he wanted to come here to get his flu vaccination done we were pleased to have him. 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.”


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