Free flu jabs for unpaid carers in Surrey
Winter flu season is fast approaching and this year – more than ever – Surrey’s carers are being encouraged to get their flu jab. These are free, and protect you as well as the person you care for.
You are more likely to get flu than COVID-19 and, together with good hygiene, the flu vaccine is one of the best ways you can stay healthy.
Whilst the vaccine can’t protect against COVID-19, if enough carers have the free flu jab this autumn, it is thought that this will help the NHS cope better through the winter months – especially if there is another spike in COVID-19 cases. People at high risk from COVID-19 are also most at risk from flu. By getting a flu jab you will help to save lives.
The flu season generally lasts from October to March and the jabs should be available in pharmacies from early September. All carers in Surrey are encouraged to get one as soon as possible.
Please note, this is for unpaid, family/friend carers. If you area a paid careworker please contact your employer for details on how you can have a flu jab.
How to get a Voucher
The NHS in Surrey provides Vouchers (both physical copies and electronic-vouchers), which we, Action for Carers help distribute. You do need to be registered with us (which is FREE and easy to do!) and then you can request one. If you’re already registered you can request one now, and we will also be sending out Vouchers with our next newsletter for adult carers, which will be posted late September.
To request a Voucher now, please get in touch with our Carer Information Centre. Call us on 0303 040 1234, email CarerSupport@actionforcarers.org.uk or text on 07714 075993. The Carer Information Centre is open 9am-5pm, Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 9am-6pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
How to use the Voucher
You can ask for a flu jab at your GP practice, or take your Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher to your nearest participating community pharmacy, there will be no charge. The Voucher ‘proves’ you are a carer, and you are therefore entitled to a free vaccination.
Most, but not all pharmacists are signed up to the flu vaccination programme and that there may be further exclusions based on medical grounds. So give them a call to check availability. You can find your local pharmacy, its opening times and contact information here.
For younger carers
We can send Vouchers to any young carers aged 16 or older. Just get in touch. If you are under 16, go to your GP. Make sure you are registered as a young carer, and ask for the nasal spray vaccine. Ensuring your GP knows you are a young carer gets you other help too – take a look at this GP leaflet for young carers. Children in primary school should all receive the nasal spray vaccine automatically.