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Carers encouraged to have a flu jab

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The county council is calling on all carers to see if they are eligible for a flu jab

Every winter, says Public Health England, the vast majority of unpaid carers miss out on a free flu jab, despite the fact that they are entitled to request one.  

If you receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, speak to your GP or pharmacist about getting vaccinated - along with the person you care for.

 

If a carer is struck down by flu they could become too ill to look after someone else.  If no-one else can step in to look after the person they care for, they could be at risk.

 

“Outbreaks of flu also often occur in health and social care settings where people are in close contact with each other. I had my flu jab last week and it’s vital that you have this every year as the vaccine protects against different strains of flu.”

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.  It can be very unpleasant.  It's not the same as the common cold and is caused by a different group of viruses.  The symptoms tend to start more suddenly, be more severe and last longer.

 For more information about flu jabs for carers, visit Carers UK at www.carersuk.org/  and for general information around staying well this winter, visit: http://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

The message about getting a flu jab also features prominently during a week–long campaign on how everyone should plan for emergencies.

For further details, see www.llrprepared.org.uk which contains a link to quizzes, scenarios for group discussions and video clips and articles.

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