Have you had your flu jab?

News from: Reading Borough Council

This winter, we want to help as many people as possible know about their entitlement to flu vaccination and know what they need to do. Please help us spread this important message to your family, friends and those you work with.

You are entitled to a free flu vaccination if you:
-Are aged 65 years and over.
-Are 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.
-Are pregnant.
-Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 and above.
-Are a health and social care worker with direct patient contact.
-Are an unpaid or paid carer.

Why get vaccinated?
Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for older people or those with other health conditions. Flu spreads easily and can be passed from one person to the other, even if the person carrying the virus has mild or no symptoms. This is why vaccination is important for all those working with people who are vulnerable either because they are in a clinical risk group or because they are aged 65 and over. Every year there are flu outbreaks. This is partly because as people age they do not produce as good an immune response to vaccination. Vaccination has been shown to be effective in reducing disease spread and patient mortality.

Where to get vaccinated: Please visit your local GP or local pharmacy.

If you are a service provider, these are some useful things to consider:
-Have winter wellness plans in place, including a flu plan.
-Support the Help Us Help You marketing campaign for this year, which encourages those eligible to get vaccinated. Order resources for your practice.
-Ensure all staff, including agency staff and locums are aware of what to do if there is a suspect case of flu.

Further information
Public Health England – Help us Help You Stay Well – Flu Campaign Brochure.
Information for people with learning disabilities and the flu injection (Easy-read).

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