Carers – time to care for yourself and get protected

Carers in Telford and Wrekin who look after someone else are being urged not to neglect their own health this winter. 

The NHS offers registered carers a free flu vaccination, but last winter just 46% of carers in England took up the offer.

Dr Mike Innes, Chair of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group said:

It’s not just about preventing carers from getting flu, although you should always consider your own health.

This is also about preventing carers passing the virus onto the vulnerable person they care for.  Flu is a highly infectious disease which is easily spread from one person to another. Getting flu when you already have a long-term condition can lead to serious complications, and it can even be a killer.

Unlike other medication for long term conditions, the flu jab is an annual one-off vaccine.  The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe.

To arrange a convenient appointment to get your vaccination, contact your GP.

It’s quick, safe and free for carers and those with long-term health conditions.

For more information and flu advice visit www.nhs.uk/flu.

For local information and advice for carers please contact http://www.carerscontact.org.uk