As winter approaches, Bracknell Forest residents are encouraged to be prepared and get their flu jab.
Thousands of people nationwide visit their doctor with flu symptoms each year. Many will need hospital treatment because of a flu-related complication, and in some cases, these complications can lead to death. Therefore, Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group together with the Public Health Team in Bracknell Forest Council are today encouraging residents across the borough to play their part in the fight against infection by getting their flu jab.
It is particularly important for people in the groups below to get their flu jab:
- Pregnant women
- Children aged two, three and four years old
- People aged 65 and over
- People with health conditions such as heart problems, chest complaints, breathing difficulties, lowered immunity due to disease or medical treatment, kidney or liver disease, and diabetes
- Everyone living in a residential or nursing home
- The main carer of an older or disabled person
Dr George Kassianos a GP and flu lead for east Berkshire and Jo Greengrass Deputy Director of Nursing for Slough CCG, Bracknell and Ascot CCG and Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG said: “Winter flu can be a serious illness with complications, particularly for people who are elderly or suffer from underlying medical conditions. For this reason it is really important that adults and children at risk have their flu vaccination this year and every year. The NHS provides free annual flu vaccinations for those eligible and for people who have certain chronic diseases.”
“Dr Lisa McNally, Public Health Consultant said “Last year, the uptake of the flu vaccination in Bracknell Forest was above the national average for most of the priority groups. We would like to increase the uptake even further this year.”
Contact your GP to arrange an appointment to have a flu vaccination. Some pharmacies are also offering flu jabs for pregnant women, those who have long term health conditions and carers (in receipt of carers’ allowance).
A list of pharmacies which offer the free flu jab for people with certain conditions, can be found at Wokingham Borough Council Website
For further information about the flu vaccine, go to the NHS Choices website.
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