NHS England have confirmed that free flu vaccinations are available in 2018/19 for social care workers who offer direct care to people using services.
Who is eligible?
Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza. Vulnerable means those patients/clients in a clinical risk group for flu or who are aged 65 years and over.
NHS England have confirmed that this includes staff directly involved in the care of vulnerable people who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza who are working for registered:
- residential care homes;
- residential nursing homes;
- domiciliary care services;
- Shared Lives schemes;
- extra care housing services;
- supported living services.
3 reasons a carer should have a flu jab
Unlike a cold, flu forces most people to take to their bed for several days, which will then make it impossible for you to be around your client.
Most healthy adults become contagious the day before symptoms develop, which makes it trickier to prevent it from spreading to your client.
It takes most people one to two weeks to feel better – that’s one to two weeks when you won’t be able to care for your client.
Where and how can eligible staff get a free vaccination?
Staff can go to their own GP practice or any pharmacy. To prove that they are eligible they will need to take identification with them that shows their names and the name of their employing organisation. This could be an ID card or badge, a letter from their employer, or a recent payslip.
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