DO the Agachoo and beat the flu.
That’s the message being promoted by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust as they launch their annual video to encourage staff and local residents to get their flu vaccine.
The special video has been made with Black Lace star Dene Micheal who is the central figure in the video as he sings a new version of the group’s famous hit single Agadoo.
Dene, who has recently been on our screens in a TV advert with Gary Lineker for Walker’s Crisps, provided his services free of charge and took part in a full day’s filming with staff from the Trust.
He said: “I was asked to take part by a friend of mine who works at the hospital and I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
“I loved the idea of the video and the fact it was a good, fun way to get across an important message about getting the flu vaccination and I hope it makes a difference.”
Marie Thompson, Director of Nursing and Quality at the Trust, said: “The Trust has become pretty famous for its innovative flu videos and won a number of awards for them over the years.
“This is another fantastic piece of work. It is a fun way that involves staff and gets the message across in a clear but humorous style and everyone looks forward to it.
“Flu is a preventable illness yet it continues to kill people every year. The Trust’s seasonal flu immunisation programme is a key part of helping to maintain the health and wellbeing of our staff, protecting patients and delivering robust and resilient health and care services to our patients throughout the year.
“Flu vaccination remains the best way to protect people from flu. It is therefore crucial that staff are vaccinated to protect themselves, colleagues, patients and their families and prevent the virus from spreading.’’
Derek Quinn, the Trust’s Head of Communications, said: “We can’t thank Dene enough for his help.
“He gave his time for free and was brilliant with our staff who loved working with him. We produce all our videos in house and look to come up with a new theme every year and this is one that really caught the attention.”
The Trust was also joined by mascots from the Sandcastle Water Park, Bling and Balula and local entertainer Liam Halewood.