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Carers Urged to Get Flu Jab Now

The Carers' Centre is working with BaNES Clinical Commissioning Group to help raise awareness about the flu vaccine, which is free for anyone who is the main carer for another person or who is in receipt of Carers’ Allowance. Watch our video about flu awareness with former carer and trustee Rosie Cole.

Others who are eligible include those who are aged over 65 years, pregnant women and those with a long-term condition such as diabetes or asthma.

Children between the ages of two and eight years old are also eligible for the free nasal vaccination, which is quick, harmless and the best way to protect against catching flu this winter.

“If you or someone close to you falls into one of the ‘at risk’ categories, the flu vaccination is free because you, or they, really do need it.

“Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild our unpleasant illness in most people, but it can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups. We strongly encourage you to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination so you are protected against flu this winter,” said Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, a Wiltshire GP and the Clinical Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

“Caring is an incredibly serious role and carers provide an invaluable service to the community,” said Rosie, a carer and former trustee of the Carers’ Centre.

“They care for family members and friends who may be elderly, disabled or have a serious long-term condition and it is vital that they look after their own health as well as the health of the person they care for,” she added.

“One winter I fell really ill, which made me very anxious that I might not be able to fulfil my caring role. So I urge anyone in a caring capacity to protect yourself this winter and have the free flu vaccination without delay,” said Rosie.

The flu jab is the safest way to protect yourself from illness this winter – however healthy you might otherwise feel.

If you are eligible or want to check whether you or someone close to you is, contact your GP, midwife or usual healthcare provider. Some pharmacies are also able to provide the flu vaccination to certain eligible groups. Visit nhs.uk/staywell for more.