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Surrey carers flu prevention voucher available from September

Published: 26 August 2020

Don't miss out on your Surrey carers flu prevention voucher

The Government have announced the most comprehensive flu prevention programme in history to be rolled out this winter, in order to help protect the NHS. This will see a marked increase in the number of people in Surrey who can get a free flu vaccination.

Surrey carers continue to be eligible for the free flu jab and it is crucial that they are vaccinated as early as possible. To support this, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership are launching the Surrey Carers Flu Jab Voucher for the fifth year running.

Why Surrey Carers should get the flu jab

Getting the jab will not only protect you, it will help reduce transmission of flu to the vulnerable people in your care and stop them becoming ill. This year more than ever, we are encouraging all Surrey Carers to get a free flu jab. The flu jab is the best way to protect carers and those they care for from flu. Flu can have serious consequences and vulnerable people can die of it. By taking up the offer of the flu vaccination, carers may help reduce pressure on the NHS through the coming winter months.

When to get the jab

The flu season is fast approaching, it generally lasts from October to March and this year flu jabs may be available as early as September. Surrey Flu Carer Vouchers will be available through all our front-line Carers Support Services from the 1st September 2020.

How to get a Surrey Carers Flu Jab Voucher

If you are a carer looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, you can ask for a flu jab at your GP practice or take a Surrey Carers Flu Jab Voucher to your nearest participating community pharmacy. The vouchers provide community pharmacies with the assurance that you are known to carers services here in Surrey and are therefore entitled to a free vaccination.

Vicky Stobbart Surrey Heartlands Executive Lead for Carers said:
"It's really important that Carers look after themselves and take advantage of the free flu vaccine available to them. I would like to encourage all our Surrey Carers to protect themselves and those they care for."

Councillor Alison Griffiths, Carers Champion at Surrey County Council said:
"Carers play an integral role in our communities, ensuring loved ones are safe and well through all circumstances. I am incredibly pleased to be involved with this scheme ensuring our carers and their loved ones are protected through the winter months."

Find out more on the Action for Carers Surrey website and you can follow Healthy Surrey on Twitter.

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