Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher available now
Published: 27 September 2021
Are you a carer? Free flu jab available
Unpaid carers have made huge sacrifices during the pandemic to keep the person they care for as safe as possible. Now, with autumn approaching, we also need to protect carers and those they care for from seasonal flu. Carers could pass the flu virus on to the person they care for, even if they have no symptoms themselves.
Why is it important for you to get the flu jab?
Flu and Covid-19 viruses can be life threatening and have the potential to increase pressures faced by the NHS this winter, particularly if infection waves from both viruses coincide. We are therefore encouraging all unpaid carers in Surrey to take up the offer of a free flu jab as a priority, not only to protect themselves and the people they care for, but to help reduce hospitalisations during a time that we expect will be especially busy for the NHS and social care. The flu jab is a safe and effective vaccine, it's the best protection against flu and its complications.
The best time to have the flu jab is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading. The flu season generally lasts from October to March and this year the jabs will be available from October.
Young carers are encouraged to contact their GP for advice on flu vaccination
How do I get a Surrey Carers' Flu Jab voucher?
Surrey Carers' Flu Jab Vouchers are available through all our Carers Support Services:
- Surrey County Council Adult Social Care
- Action for Carers Surrey
- Crossroads Care Surrey
- Surrey Independent Living Council
For more information visit Action for Carers
Where can I get my flu jab done?
Carers who look after someone who is elderly or disabled can show their Surrey Carers' Flu Jab Voucher when asking for a flu jab at their GP practice or their nearest participating community pharmacy. The voucher provides assurance that the carer is known to carers services in Surrey and is therefore entitled to a free flu vaccination.
Please don't worry if you don't have the voucher with you or lose it, you can still get your flu jab done for free by signing the flu form at your community pharmacists or GPs to say that you are a carer.
For wider information regarding flu vaccinations Visit our staying safe and well in winter guide
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