Free flu jabs for unpaid carers in Surrey
Flu season will soon be with us and so Surrey’s unpaid carers are being encouraged to get their flu jab. These are free, and protect you as well as the person you care for.
The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It’s offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu as it’s the best protection against flu and its complications. The government recognise unpaid carers as a vulnerable group in need of protection and so include them the national vaccination programme.
The flu season generally lasts from October to March, and the best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading.
Flu and COVID-19 viruses have the potential to increase pressures faced by the NHS this winter. We are therefore encouraging all unpaid carers in Surrey to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination as a priority, not only to protect themselves and the people they care for, but to help reduce hospitalisations during a likely very busy period for the NHS.
Please note, this information is for unpaid, family/friend carers. If you are a a paid care worker please contact your employer for details on how you can have a flu jab.
Getting your Voucher
The NHS in Surrey provides Vouchers (both physical copies and electronic-vouchers) which we, Action for Carers help distribute.
All our registered carers will be sent a Voucher in late September (with our quarterly newsletter).
We’re 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 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.
Some Muslim carers have additional questions about the vaccine, because of their faith. The Muslim Council of Britain has produced this factsheet to answer some frequently asked questions.