Protect yourself, your family and the people you care for from flu this winter.
This is anything but a typical year and we all want to protect ourselves and those close to us. Due to the potential impact of influenza and COVID-19 it’s now more important than ever that we act to protect ourselves from getting the flu.
To help keep you, your family and the people you care for safe, we are encouraging you to get your FREE annual flu jab as soon as you can.
The flu virus spreads from person-to-person, even amongst those not showing any symptoms. If you are a frontline workers, you are at an increased risk of contracting flu and it’s very easy for the virus to be passed on without knowing. Even if you feel healthy, you can still get flu and spread it to the people you care for, your colleagues and to your family.
If you work in a care home or for a care agency providing domiciliary care, getting your flu jab is simple, easy and free. All you need to do is speak to your manager about possible local arrangements. Or, you can also book an appointment to have the flu vaccine at your local GP surgery or a community pharmacy. You will get the jab for free if you show your ID or have a letter from your employer.
The injected flu vaccine given to adults contains inactivated flu viruses so it cannot give you flu. The most common side effect can be a slight temperature or your arm may feel a bit sore where you had the injection. Other reactions are rare. The flu vaccine is the best defence we have against the spread of flu so let’s do all we can to get ourselves protected.
Please see our Flu Vaccine pages for further information including a number of frequently asked questions.