Flu Jab

Why the flu vaccination is important for carers?

If you are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill then the flu jab is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu.

The flu can be far more serious for the person you care for than you think. It can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and could even land them in hospital.

Don't put it off – contact your GP or pharmacist to get the flu jab now. It's free because you need it.

For further advice on helping yourself and the person you care for stay well this winter, take a look at our FAQ leaflet or visit the NHS Choices site.

"If I got ill, Michael wouldn’t be able to look after himself. Getting the free flu vaccination helps me avoid getting ill. If I know that I will be well and that I am looking after myself, I can continue to care for Michael."

Elaine has been caring for her 70-year-old husband Michael for the past 11 years, after he had a stroke.

Take a look at some useful NHS resources to help you stay well this winter:

Five ways to stay healthy this winter: