Flu vaccine

flu-vaccineDon’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 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 Windsor and Maidenhead, 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.

Pregnant women

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 Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead offering the flu vaccine:

ABC Drug Stores LTD – 3 Stompits Road, Holyport, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2LA

Larchfield Dawa LTD – 24 Ross Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2SZ

Boots – 54-58 High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1PY

Boots – 83 Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5BB

Boots – 17-18 Peascod Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1DU

Superdrug – 131-132 Peascod Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1DW

Superdrug – 36-38 Brock Lane Mall, Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1LL

Wessex Pharmacy LTD – 114 Wessex Way, Cox Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3DL

Tesco – 290 Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4JT

HA McPARLAND LTD – 119 Bridge Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8NA

HA MCPARLAND LTD – Lower Road, Cookham Rise, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9HF

MCPARLAND HA LTD – 1 Cliveden View, Shopping Centre, Off Switchback Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7QR

MCPARLAND HA – 4 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8AJ

Manichem LTD – 398 Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4JR

Sainsbury’s – Providence Place, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8AG

Lloyds Pharmacy LTD – 98 St.Judes Road, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0DF

Simon Carter – 58 High Street, Wraysbury, Berkshire, TW19 5DB

Jones GB & Jones JL – 41 ST Leonards Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3BP

J Rayner LTD – The Green, Datchet, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 9JH