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Flu vaccination for health and social care workers

Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for older people or those with other health conditions. Care workers are looking after some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, so it is important that they help protect themselves and those receiving care against flu. Flu spreads easily and can be passed from staff to the people they care for even if the staff member has mild or no symptoms. This is why vaccination is important for all staff working with people who are vulnerable either because they are in a clinical risk group or because they are aged 65 and over. Every year there are flu outbreaks in care homes despite high flu vaccination rates for residents. This is partly because as people age they do not produce as good an immune response to vaccination. This makes vaccination of staff caring for these people even more important.

Frontline health and social care workers are eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.

You may also be able to have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or a local pharmacy offering the service if you’re a frontline health or social care worker employed by a:

  • registered residential care/nursing home
  • registered homecare organisation
  • hospice

For more information, view or download the Flu immunisation for social care and hospice staff leaflet.

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