It’s that time of year when we begin turning up the
heating, digging out the thick jumpers and preparing for the Winter months. As
a carer you have a few extra considerations to make too, like when would be the
best time to contact your GP for that free flu jab?
For many of us the flu (or influenza) can be an
inconvenience – a few days off work or a particularly rough couple of weeks.
For someone who is elderly, ill or disabled, or who already has a weakened
immune system, the flu could be deadly.
We recommend that all our carers have an annual vaccination
to protect themselves and those in their care.
Because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents
are all at risk of infection. Should you contract flu and need time off there
may be no one who can step in and provide care in your absence – especially if
you are not the only one sick.
For this reason, any frontline health and social care worker
is eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine. This includes all carers, NHS nurses
and care home staff.
You can contact your GP and make an appointment to receive a jab there or check to see if your local pharmacy offers flu jabs.
We can’t guarantee that all our carers will have the time to
see this post, so we urge anyone who works with, lives with or knows a carer to
spread the word and keep our carers and care receivers safe.
And remember, even if someone has had the flu jab, as a lot
of our clients do, there is no 100% guarantee they cannot contract the virus
from someone they interact with. Double the chance of a flu-free winter and get
yourself booked in for a vaccine.
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