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Flu jabs for carers

The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu, and will prevent you being stopped from being able to care.

This information applies to people living in England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland.

If you are caring for someone you may be concerned about how being ill will affect you as a carer and the person you care for.

If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or if you are in receipt of Carer's Allowance, you should be offered a free flu jab, according to government policy. You should be able to get it either from your GP surgery or local pharmacist.

Other categories of people are also eligible for a free flu jab, including those aged 65+, those who are pregnant, and those with certain health conditions.

Further information, such as the health conditions that qualify you for a free jab, can be found here: 

The NHS website if you live in England.

The NHS Direct Wales website.

The NHS Inform website is you live in Scotland.

The flu vaccination page on NI Direct if you live in Northern Ireland.

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