Flu season 2015!

What is flu?

Flu or ‘influenza’ is an extremely contagious respiratory illness. It’s caused by influenza viruses infecting the windpipe and lungs. Although the symptoms can be similar to a cold, flu is much worse than a regular cold. Commonly antibiotics don’t work against viruses, however with the flu, antiviral may be used.

Do I have flu?

The symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme fatigue. With flu, symptoms will show quickly, whereas a cold and its symptoms will gradually worsen. Flu is passed by coughing and sneezing; so cover your mouth when doing so and wash your hands frequently.

Am I at risk?

The high risk categories are:

  • Children aged two to seven years (born after 1 September 2008)
  • People aged over 65 years
  • Anyone over weight (a BMI over 40)
  • Anybody with an underlying health condition (e.g. diabetes, chronic liver disease and heart diseases)
  • A person with a weakened immune system
  • Those living in residential/nursing homes
  • Carers of older or disabled people
  • Frontline health or social care workers
  • All pregnant woman

Everyone stated above are entitled and recommended to receive a free flu vaccination each year.

What is the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is a vaccination to prevent contracting the flu. The vaccination is free for all those at risk (listed on the left).

It’s optional to be taken as a nasal spray vaccine (which is quick, painless and effective- ideal for the infants) or an injection. The flu vaccine reduces risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

Is the vaccine effective?

It’s the best protection we currently have against this unpredictable virus; for the past nine out of 10 seasons the vaccine has provided good to moderate protection against the circulating strains.

I’m Pregnant, do I need it?

Pregnant woman are eligible for the flu vaccination free of charge. Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result you may be less able to fight off infections. The flu vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy, it does not carry any risks for you or your baby. It's free because you need it.

Where do I go?

Visit your GP flu clinics or local pharmacy. Participating pharmacies in Bracknell and Ascot are listed below.

Superdrug Bracknell

Unit D, 13 Charles Square, Bracknell, RG12 1DF

H A McParland Ltd Sandhurst

27 Yeovil Road, Owlsmoor, Sandhurst, GU47 0TF

David Pharmacy Ascot

24 New Road, Ascot, SL5 8QQ

H A McParland Ltd Crowthorne

182 High Street, Crowthorne, RG45 7AP 

Boots Harmans Water

5 The Square, Harmans Water, RG12 9LP

Boots Bracknell Town Centre

13 Princess Square, Bracknell, RG12 1LS 

Boots Sandhurst

70 Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9BT

Boots Ascot

23 High Street, Ascot, SL5 7HG

Tesco Pharmacy Sandhurst

The Meadows, Marshall Road, Sandhurst, GU47 0FD

Tesco Pharmacy Warfield

Jigs Lane, Warfield, Warfield, RG42 3DN

Ascot Pharmacy

17 Brockenhurst Road, South Ascot, SL5 9DJ

Lloyds Pharmacy Portacabin

Skimped Hill Health Centre, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, RG12 1LH

 

Lloyds Pharmacy Great Hollands

6 Great Holland Square, Bracknell, RG12 8UX

Lloyds Pharmacy Binfield

Binfield, Terrace Road North, Binfield, RG42 5JG

Lloyds Pharmacy Rectory Row

8 Recory Row, Bracknell, RG12 7BN

LloydsPharmacy Sandhurst

390-400 Yorktown Road, College Town, Sandhurst, GU47 0HL

Lloyds Pharmacy Crowthorne

12 Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, RG45 6LT

Lloyds Pharmacy Birch Hill

97 Liscombe, Birch Hill, Bracknell, RG12 7DE

Lloyds Pharmacy Sunningdale

4 Broomhall Buildings, Sunningdale, SL5 0DH

R F Blackburn Pharmacy

58 High Street, Sunninghill, SL5 9NF

Sainsbury's Instore Pharmacy

Bagshot road, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7SS

Other useful web links

http://www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/ServiceCatInfo.asp?id=1   local school time table for flu

http://bit.ly/fluvaccineinfo ‘one stop shop’ of resources on the children’s flu vaccine programme

 

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