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Flu jabs

Taking the seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu.

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

When caring for someone, you may worry about what would happen if you suddenly became ill. How would you cope? What impact would this have on 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 became ill, you are eligible for a free flu jab, according to government policy. You are also eligible if you're receiving Carer's Allowance. If you feel this applies to you, you have the right to request one from your GP surgery or local pharmacist.

Flu jab

You may also be eligible for a free flu jab if you are aged 50+, pregnant or have certain health conditions.

For further information, such as the health conditions that qualify you for a free jab, visit: 

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.

We also have resources for healthcare professionals and employers to download and share to help encourage more unpaid carers to request their free flu jab, keeping both them and those they care for protected this winter.


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