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Flu Vaccine - information and resources page

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 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 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, 4, 5 and 6
  • healthcare workers with direct patient contact
  • carers

Click here to download the PHE Flu campaign flyer for people with a long term health condition.

Where people can access Free flu vaccine in Reading?


All GP practices

Participating pharmacy

Maternity Services

BHFT (Schools immunisation team)

Aged 65 and above





Clinical risk groups under 65





Pregnant women






X (all carers)

X (adult carers)



Children aged 2 and 3





Children in recepetion class and in school years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 & special schools





Children’s Flu Vaccinations:

The Berkshire Immunisation team will have offered flu vaccination to all school aged children in the majority of schools across Berkshire by the end of this Autumn term (December 2019). The team are responsible for providing flu vaccination to all children from Reception up to year 6 in primary schools and for children in Reception upwards in SEN schools.

If your child was absent, unwell or you did not return a consent form for the can still access their flu vaccination at one of our community clinics listed below. All of our clinics are appointment only and can be booked via the contact number or email address detailed below (please note that the team work term time only – there will be no one available between Monday 23rd December 2019 until Monday 6th January 2020).

The flu season runs into early spring, so it is not too late to vaccinate your child in January. Please note that, unless your child is considered to be in an at risk group i.e. they have a medical condition that puts them more at risk from complications of flu: ( ) they cannot access this via their GP, only via the school immunisation team.

Information for people with learning disabilities and the flu injection (click to download) - An easy-read resource by the National Development Team for Inclusions, for people with a learning disability.

You can also access the Help Us Help You Flu campaign brochure here.

Are you concerned about gelatine in nasal flu vaccine?

Gelatine from pork is a common ingredients in drugs including the nasal flu vaccome.

It is a stabiliser that helps to keep the vaccine safe and effective during storage.  The gelatine used in vaccines is different from that in foods as it is highly processed.

If you would like to find out more, please watch the video from the link below from the Vaccine Knowledge Project :