Don’t put off the flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it
Residents across east Berkshire are encouraged to stay well this winter and get their flu jab.
The CCGs in east Berkshire are encouraging residents to get their flu jab this winter. The flu vaccination is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help the public ward off common winter illnesses.
It is particularly important for people in the groups below to get their free flu vaccination:
- Children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old;
- Children aged 5 and 6 (school year 1 and 2);
- Everyone over 65 years old;
- Anyone with a long term condition such as diabetes, chronic liver or neurological disease;
- Pregnant women;
- Anyone living in a residential or nursing home;
- The main carer of an older or disabled person.
If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it’s free because you need it! Contact your GP, pharmacist (see list of pharmacies offering the vaccine below) or midwife to the get the flu jab.
For more information, read the Flu Vaccination winter 2016 to 2017: who should have it and why leaflet.
Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for more information.
People with long term conditions
Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition like: COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes; heart, kidney or liver disease or have suffered a stroke. Flu on top of health conditions like these can easily develop into something very serious and could land you in hospital. People with these and other long-term health conditions are eligible for a free flu jab through their GP or pharmacist (see list of pharmacies offering the vaccine below).
Parents of children aged 2,3 and 4 and children in school years 1,2 and 3
Flu can be horrible for little children, the flu vaccine can help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of flu spreading to others. Children who get the flu have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.
The flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.
If you have a child aged 2, 3 or 4, you can get their free nasal spray flu vaccine from their GP. Children in school years 1, 2 or 3 will get their vaccinations through their school. The flu vaccination schedule for primary schools years 1, 2 and 3 in Bracknell and Ascot, can be viewed on the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust website.
Parents of children aged 2-4 and with children in years 1,2 and 3 , can also read Protecting your child against Flu leaflet 2016/17 for more information.
Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. Pregnant women who get the flu may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill. The flu jab is the safest way to protect you and your baby against flu and you can have it at any stage of pregnancy, however fit and healthy you might feel.
People with learning disabilities
Public health England have produced an Easy Read Flu Leaflet for people with learning disabilities.
Pharmacies offering the flu vaccine
Please see list below of pharmacies across Bracknell and Ascot offering the flu vaccine:
Littlefields LTD – 58 High Street, Sunninghill, Berkshire, SL5 9NF
Boots – 13 Princess Square, Bracknell, RG12 1LS
Boots – 70 Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 9BT
Boots – 23 High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7HG
Boots – 5 The Square, Harmanswater, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 9LP
Superdrug – Unit D, 13 Charles Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1DF
Tesco – Jigs Lane, Warfield, Berkshire, RG42 3JP
McParland HA LTD – 24 New Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8QQ
McParland HA LTD – 27 Yeovil Road, Owlsmoor, Sandhurst, Surrey, GU47 0TF
McParland HA LTD – 182 High Street, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7AP
Pill Box Chemists LTD – 17 Brockenhurst Road, South Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 9DJ
Manichem LTD – 3 Bullbrook Row, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2NL
Sainsbury’s – Ringmead, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7SS
Lloyds Pharmacy – 4 Broomhall Buildings, Chobham Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, SL5 0DH
Lloyds Pharmacy – 390-400 Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 0HL
Lloyds Pharmacy – 6 Great Hollands Square, Great Hollands, Bracknell, RG12 8UX
Lloyds Pharmacy – 8 Rectory Row, Easthampstead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7BN
Lloyds Pharmacy – 97 Liscombe, Birch Hill, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7DE
Lloyds Pharmacy – Skimped Hill Health Centre, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, RG12 1LH
Lloyds Pharmacy – 12 Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6LT
Lloyds Pharmacy – Terrace Road North, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 5JG
Jandoo K – 196 Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6DS