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Flu Jab

FREE FLU VACCINATIONS FOR BEDFORDSHIRE RESIDENTS WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS

 

Local Councils and health care providers are this month urging people with long-term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions and asthma to get a free flu vaccination.

Last year there were over 1,500 hospital admissions related to flu in Bedfordshire and in 421 cases flu made other health conditions worse. As many as 278 people across the county died from flu-related illness.

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adults’ Services and Community Wellbeing at Bedford Borough Council said: “I have my flu jab every year and I thoroughly recommend that others have theirs. It is really important that people have a flu vaccination to protect both themselves and others. Flu can make you very ill and it can lead onto more serious conditions and in some cases can even result in death. I have never had an after-effect from the vaccine.”


“Getting a flu jab is probably the most important thing someone with a longer-term health condition can do to stay healthy this winter,” said Bedfordshire GP Dr Fran Ross. “Flu is not the same as getting a cold. Its symptoms are more severe, last longer and for people with other health conditions, it can lead to more serious illnesses, even death.

 

“But flu is preventable and as a GP, I urge all my patients with underlying health conditions to get a free flu vaccination whether it’s at their GP surgery or at one of the local pharmacies in Bedfordshire offering free flu jabs to people at risk. It’s probably the most important thing they can do to stay healthy this winter.

“The flu vaccine has been thoroughly tested and is safe and effective. Side-effects are rare and minor compared to the risks associated with flu. I’ve just had my vaccination, to keep my patients safe this winter.”

People with diabetes, heart, respiratory or liver disease, Parkinson’s or motor neurone disease, or weakened immune systems are more likely to develop potentially serious complications if they catch flu and are eligible for a free flu jab.

 

Free vaccinations are also available to anyone over the age of 65; young children aged two to four, pregnant women and carers.

It is important to have a vaccination every winter as the virus is constantly changing. Anyone in doubt about whether they qualify for a free vaccination should contact their GP. Family members of at risk groups are also urged to talk to their GP or local pharmacy about getting vaccinated.

 

Pharmacies providing Free Flu immunisation to At Risk population within Bedford Borough:

 

Pharmacy Name

Post Code

Ward

Ellis Chemists

MK42 0NT

Kingsbrook

Lloyds Pharmacy

MK42 8PP

Kempston Central and East

Sainsbury's In-Store Pharmacy(100hr)

MK42 8AY

Kempston Central and East

Tesco Instore Pharmacy

MK42 0BG

Kingsbrook

Lindleys Chemist

MK40 4JA

Queens Park

The Co-Operative Pharmacy

MK41 9BS

Goldington

Bedford Pharmacy, Union Street

MK40 2SF

Harpur

In-Store Pharmacy

MK41 0SE

Newnham

Wootton Pharmacy

MK43 9EZ

Wootton

Meiklejohn Pharmacy

MK42 0RU

Kingsbrook

Boots The Chemists Ltd

MK42 7AZ

Kempston South

Kidmans Surgical Chemist

MK40 3RS

Castle

Janssen's Pharmacy

MK42 9HG

Cauldwell

Shortstown Pharmacy

MK42 0GE

Eastcotts

The Village Pharmacy

MK40 4GH

Kempston Rural

Berkeley Pharmacy

MK42 9XD

Cauldwell

Wilstead Pharmacy

MK45 3HJ

Wilshamstead

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