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2017-2018 Flu Vaccine Campaign

Reading Borough Council’s Wellbeing Team and key partners are about to commence promotion of the 2017-2018 Stay Well This Winter and Flu Vaccination Campaign and we are asking for your support to help spread the word!

Why?

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.  It can be unpleasant and makes most people feel exhausted and unwell.  Many healthy people will recover in about a week, but in older people, younger children or people who have certain condition, complications from the flu can be severe and in some cases it can lead to death.

One of the most effective ways of reducing harm from flu is to have the flu vaccination. It is proven to reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death in the at risk groups.  It is free to at risk groups because they need it.

It addition to the harm it can cause individuals, It is a key factor in NHS Winter pressures, causes significant pressure on the NHS services that provide direct care, and on the wider health and social care system that supports people in at risk groups. 

How you can help:

  • Spread the word through your local channels and make sure eligible people are aware of their right to a free flu jab – and take it!
  • Raise awareness that children are now vaccinated with a quick and painless nasal spray which is an effective way to protect them from flu without the need for injections. 
  • If you think leaflets or posters are useful in your local community let us know at wellbeing.service@reading.gov.uk or on Tel: 0118 937 4806.
  • Do you use social media? Why not follow and share the #staywell tweets to your followers!
  • Space on your webpage? Link to the  http://www.nhs.uk/staywell/ or embed a video on flu
  • Encourage your staff to become flu fighters and get vaccinated against flu. If staff are not eligible for the free vaccine, organisations should think about purchasing flu vaccinations via a voucher scheme.
  • Read and share our Myth Busters information!

Who are the target groups?

  • those aged 65 years and over
  • people aged under 65 with specific clinical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, neurological disease or learning disability
  • all pregnant women
  • people with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 and above
  • all two- and three-year-olds
  • all children in reception class and school years 1, 2 3, and 4
  • healthcare workers with direct patient contact
  • carers

How can people get their free flu vaccination?

Where to access flu vaccine in Reading

 

All GP practices

Participating pharmacy*

Maternity Services

BHFT (Schools immunisation team)

Aged 65 and above

X

X

 

 

Clinical risk groups under 65

X

X

 

 

Pregnant women

X

X

X

 

Carers

X (all carers)

X (adult carers)

 

 

Children aged 2 and 3

X

 

 

 

Children in recpetion class and in school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 & special schools

 

 

 

X