A wide range of people in Reading are being being urged to take up the offer of a free flu jab to protect themselves from the potentially harmful effects of the virus this winter.
Doctors’ surgeries across Reading are running special walk-in flu clinics (see box), community nurses are visiting primary schools to vaccinate children whose parents have consented, maternity services are offering immunisations to pregnant women, and pharmacies can also give flu vaccines for free to eligible people.
You’re eligible for a flu vaccine on the NHS if:
- You fall into the 65+ group, for people born on or before 31 March 1955
- You have an underlying condition such as COPD or are being treated for diseases such as cancer
- You’re a child who was aged from two to 10 on 31 August 2019
- You’re pregnant
- You live in a care home
- You have a learning disability
- You’re a carer
- You’re a health or social care worker.
Flu clinics at doctors' surgeries
Emmer Green Surgery
Saturday 2 November - call to book an appointment
Balmore Park Surgery
Saturday 23 November - call to book an appointment.
Circuit Lane & Western Elms Surgeries:
Weekday flu appointments can be booked for any eligible patients by contacting the surgery
(Flu clinics were also held at Circuit Lane, for patients from either surgery, on Saturday 12 October and Saturday 26 October)
Saturday 9th November, 8.30am-10.30am: Eligible adults 18+ and all eligible children
(Flu clinics were also held Saturday 28 September and Saturday 19 October)
Grovelands Medical Centre:
Flu clinics were held Saturday 12 October and Saturday 28 September
South Reading Surgery
Flu clinics were held on 14 October, Saturday 19 October and Saturday 28 September
Long Barn Lane Surgery and Southcote Clinic:
From October: Every first Saturday of the month from 9am-1pm and every Tuesday and Thursday. Call to make an appointment.
Abbey Medical, Chatham St, Eldon Rd, Kennet, Melrose, Milman Rd, and Pembroke doctors’ surgeries, and Reading Walk-In Centre:
Patients are advised to contact the surgery to book a flu vaccine appointment.
Healthy people who get flu usually recover within a week, but people with weakened immune systems or health conditions are at risk of developing serious complications such as pneumonia.
Because strains of flu can change, doctors recommend that at-risk people get a new flu vaccination every year.
Eligible people have the right to choose whether to get their free flu vaccination from their GP or a pharmacy. People outside of the at-risk groups can choose to pay to get a flu vaccination.