Home Health Protect yourself and those you care for from flu

Protect yourself and those you care for from flu

by Cathy Sheel

Did you know that carers are entitled to a free flu vaccination to protect themselves and those they care for from flu?

People who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, are eligible for a free vaccination.

Knowsley Council’s Public Health team is appealing to all vulnerable groups to protect themselves this winter by getting vaccinated. As flu and Covid 19 will be circulating at the same time this year, it is more important than ever to protect those most at risk from flu.

If you’re a carer you should inform your GP practice so this can be recorded. You will then be eligible for a free vaccination and should contact your practice to arrange a vaccination. You can also have a free flu jab at your local pharmacy if you are recorded as a carer.

Other ‘at risk’ groups eligible for free vaccinations are people aged 50 years or over, pregnant women, people with long-term medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, severe asthma, bronchitis, liver and kidney disease. Free vaccines are also offered to people with weakened immune systems and their household contacts, the morbidly obese, people living in long stay residential care homes and frontline health and social care workers.

All children aged 2 -15 years (on 31 August 2021), those aged over 6 months in ‘at risk’ groups receive a nasal spray vaccine in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus.

The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a vaccination last winter you need another one this year to stay safe from flu.

Further information about the flu vaccine can be found on the NHS Choices website.