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Chief Executive receives flu jab...from the Leader of the Council!

Leader encourages residents to sign up for a flu jab.

2017 - Nick Carter Flu Jab

Chief Executive Nick Carter received his flu jab - from the Leader of West Berkshire Council!

Councillor Graham Jones, a pharmacist by profession, gave his Chief Executive the flu vaccine to highlight the importance of staying well this winter. Flu is a key factor which impacts on NHS services during the winter with the vaccine offered free to people at most risk from flu. West Berkshire Council, like many other public sector organisations, also offers frontline staff a free vaccination if they do not already qualify in order to minimise disruption to community services.

Speaking about the vaccination, Councillor Graham Jones said:

"At the council we tell our communities and our own staff to consider a flu jab to help them stay well this winter. The Chief Executive and I want to lead by example and this week I have personally ensured Nick received the jab! As a pharmacist I know all too well how important this vaccination is and I hope that this will encourage others to follow in our footsteps and have their flu jab this year.

Chief Executive Nick Carter added:

"When Graham said he wanted to be more hands on promoting the flu jab this year I didn't realise this is what he meant! A big thank you to Graham for helping make sure I stay fighting fit this winter."

Earlier this week Councillor Jones was also visited by Newbury MP Richard Benyon to have his flu vaccination.

Vaccinations are free on the NHS if you:

  • are aged 65 or older
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

More information about this is available on the NHS website.

Flu vaccinations are available from GP surgeries as well as pharmacies. Anyone wanting to have a flu vaccination should speak to their local GP or pharmacist. On the NHS Choices website you can search for pharmacies near you.