All ‘informal and formal’ carers in Northamptonshire eligible for free flu jab

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Carers are urged to book their jab now

All carers in Northamptonshire are eligible for a free flu jab, which they are being urged to book now.

Public Health Northamptonshire and the Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group are calling on carers to get the vaccine, which can help keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

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All ‘informal’ carers - those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or are primary carers for vulnerable adults and children - and ‘formal’ carers - those who work in social care settings - are eligible for the free jab.

All carers are eligible for the flu jab.All carers are eligible for the flu jab.
All carers are eligible for the flu jab.

Councillor Ian Morris from Northamptonshire County Council said: “Carers are often a lifeline to those that they are caring for and feel a great sense of responsibility to stay fit and well.

“I urge all informal carers who are in receipt of carer’s allowance or people who are primary carers of vulnerable adults or children; as well as all formal carers who are social care and hospice staff employed in a frontline role, personal assistants and paid carers looking after and supporting vulnerable service users and the households of those on the Covid-19 shielded patient list to get the flu jab.

Flu is highly contagious and can cause serious health complications in patients with underlying health conditions.

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“Getting the flu jab is quick and simple, and will protect you and those you care for from the virus. Please speak to your GP practice or pharmacist today about the flu jab.”

Anyone 65 or over, aged between two and 11, pregnant or those who have certain health conditions are also eligible for the flu jab.

To book a flu vaccine, contact your GP or local pharmacy.

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