Family and friend carers are being encouraged to get a flu vaccination to protect both themselves and the person they care for this winter.
Flu is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on suddenly and can be very debilitating.
The flu vaccine is available to those in groups at particular risk of infection and complications, including:
• People aged 65 and over
• Anyone living in a residential or nursing home
• People with long term health conditions.
The call has gone out as part of West Sussex Care Month, which is running throughout October, to raise awareness of care and support available to enable people live independently in their own homes as they get older as well as help prevent them going into hospital.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp said: “It’s often easy to forget that as a carer there is just as much need to get the flu vaccination for yourself as there is to get it for the person you’re caring for.
“The carer’s role is so important and if you catch the flu, it could affect your ability to provide the invaluable support you usually give the person you care for.
“So please book yourself in as well when you book in the person you care for, so that you can both stay well this winter.”
If you’re a family or friend carer and want to your free flu jab, either contact your local GP surgery or participating pharmacy to get more information and book yourself an appointment.
You can find out if you are eligible and more information on seasonal flu at www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/fight-flu
Notes to Editor:
Issued on behalf of West Sussex County Council, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, NHS Crawley CCG and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG.