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Flu Jabs for Carers

PROTECT THOSE YOU CARE FOR THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET A FREE FLU VACCINATION AVAILABLE FOR CARERS

 

Why should carers have the flu vaccination?

·         If carers become ill with the flu, they are unable to provide their usual care, which may leave those they care for at risk of poor health

·         Carers with flu may inadvertently transmit flu to vulnerable individuals that they care for

·         Having the flu vaccination annually protects carers and those they care for against flu

Are all carers eligible for a free flu vaccination?

·         Carers are eligible for a free flu vaccination if they receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may not be able to care for themselves if their carer becomes ill. It is recommended carers have the flu vaccination

I am a carer and I had the flu vaccination last year, do I need it again?

·         Yes, the flu virus changes every year and the vaccination is updated annually to protect against the types of flu circulating this year. A flu vaccination is needed each year to remain protected against flu

How do I receive the free vaccination?

·         If you are a carer, make an appointment with your GP to discuss the flu vaccination, letting them know you are a carer. Your GP will assess whether your care responsibilities mean you are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Your GP will provide this vaccination free of charge if you need it

 

Anyone in doubt about whether they qualify for a free vaccination are urged to talk to their GP or local pharmacy about getting vaccinated.

For info on the pharmacies offering flu jabs this winter visit http://www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/ and click on ‘Choose Well this Winter’.

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