BURY South MP Christian Wakeford has urged constituents to sign up for a flu jab this winter.

New Public Health England research shows the risk of death, if Covid-19 and flu are contracted, is doubled.

Mr Wakeford said: "This year, the flu vaccination programme is being expanded to help protect people from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services."

The flu jab programme will also include all primary age children, two and three-year-olds, over-65s, and those on the shielded list.

And once the uptake has been maximised in the most at-risk groups, say health chiefs, newly eligible 50-64-year olds will be invited for vaccination later in the season.

Mr Wakeford added: "As we approach the winter, it is imperative that everyone who needs a flu vaccination takes up the offer to have one.

“I urge everyone in Bury South who is eligible to get vaccinated, which could make an important difference if they should also catch coronavirus in the months ahead.

“Controlling the spread of coronavirus and protecting the NHS is on all of us. That’s why I’m taking the lead and getting my flu jab this Friday at Prestwich Pharmacy and would encourage everyone who is eligible to do the same.”