The annual fight against flu has begun and across South Reading people are being invited to get their vaccination against the virus.
A flu vaccine is available for free on the NHS for the following people:
- All children aged two to seven (but not eight years or older) on 31 August 2016
- All primary school-aged children in former primary school pilot areas
- Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
- Pregnant women
- Those aged 65 years and over
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
Bu Thava, Clinical Chair at South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children as they suffer the same symptoms as adults including fever, chills and aching muscles.”
Bu said: “The flu vaccination will help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of flu spreading to others. It is a nasal spray which is quick and easy to administer”
Children aged two, three and four years can have a nasal spray vaccination from their GP; while schoolchildren in years 1,2 and 3 will be invited by the school health nursing teams to get the nasal spray vaccination at school. It is quick and easy to have and is the best form of protection for you and others.
Watch a local Berkshire GP explain who is eligible for a free flu vaccination - see the video here: https://youtu.be/qhu4oOqMx-0