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 5-7 (school year 1,2 and 3);
  • 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.

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Visit the NHS Choices website for the truth about the 10 common flu and flu vaccine myths. 

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 Slough, 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.

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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.

For more information, and to book your appointment speak to your GP or midewife. 

People aged 65 or over

Flu can be more severe in people aged 65 or over. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia (a lung infection), and you could end up in hospital.

People with learning disabilities

Public health England have produced an Easy Read Flu Leaflet for people with learning disabilities.

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Pharmacies offering the flu vaccine in Slough

Please see list below of pharmacies across Slough offering the flu vaccine:

Boots - Unit 731B, 298 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 4DX

Boots - 178-184 High Street, Slough, SL1 1PE

Superdrug - Unit 82 The Mall, Queensmere Centre, Slough, SL1 1DG

Superdrug - 292 Farnham Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 4XL

KKV (UK) LTD - 400 Farnham Road, Slough, SL2 1JD

KKV (UK) Limited - 36 High Street, Colnbrook, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 0LX

Care @ Oxford Limited - Farnham Road Surgery, 301 Farnham Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 1HD

Lloyds Pharmacy - 10 Upton Lea Parade, Wexham Road, Slough, SL2 5JU

Lloyds Pharmacy - 188 High Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1JS

Lloyds Pharmacy - 18 Parlaunt Road, Langley, Slough, SL3 8BB

Lloyds Pharmacy - 417-9 Bath Road, Cippenham, Slough, SL1 5QL

PLWP Limited - Unit 2 Willow Parade, Meadfield Road, Langley, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 8HN

McParland HA LTD - 306 Trelawney Avenue, Langley, Slough, SL3 7UB

McParland HA LTD - 6 The Harrow Market, Langley, Slough, SL3 8HJ

McParland HA LTD - 226 Farnham Road, Slough, Slough, SL1 4XE

ASDA Superstore - Telford Drive, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 9LA

Sainsbury’s - Uxbridge Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1SW

Tesco - Brunel Way, Wellington Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1XW

FVZ Pharma LLP - 6 Upton Lea Parade, Wexham Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 5JU

Anglebond LTD - 9 Villiers Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 1NW

     
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