- pregnant women – the vaccine is safe for both mother and child anytime during pregnancy, and can help protect babies after birth
- people who have long term health conditions, including those that have:
- a chest problem or breathing difficulties (such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema)
- a heart problem
- kidney disease or liver disease
- a neurological condition (such as Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease or cerebral palsy)
- a low immune system due to disease (such as cystic fibrosis or Crohn’s disease) or treatment (such as chemotherapy)
- a problem with the spleen (such as sickle cell disease) or if the spleen has been removed.
A vaccination is the most effective way of protecting yourself from catching the flu. So if you are in one of the above groups then please contact the university medical practice if you are registered with them, to arrange for a free flu jab on 0118 9874551 or visit the practice at 9 Northcourt Avenue, Reading, RG2 7HE.
If you are not registered with the university health service, please contact your own GP surgery to arrange your free flu jab.
For further information, please visit www.nhs.uk/flu
Three things you should know about the flu jab
- The flu vaccine cannot give you flu – there is no live virus in the vaccine.
- A new flu vaccine is produced each year – the flu virus is always mutating and becoming a little different which means a new vaccine is needed each year.
- The best thing you can do to protect yourself from the flu is to get the jab – for people who are most at risk from flu, getting the jab is the most important step in protecting themselves.