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Flu vaccine is free for parent carers

Parent carers are one of the priority groups being urged to take up their free flu vaccine this autumn/winter. Others eligible include:

  • People on vulnerable shielded list during early part of pandemic and those that live with them
  • All children aged 2 to 11 on 31 August 2020
  • Those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups, including people with:
    • heart disease or kidney disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, immunosuppressed e.g. cancer patients
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Carers
  • Health and social care providers staff and volunteers

Those eligible for a free flu jab should receive a letter from their GP on how they can have the flu jab at a GP surgery or a pharmacist. Flu clinics are looking at ways to ensure patients are safe and social distancing rules and guidance are followed.  The NHS encourage those who are eligible to have the flu vaccine every year as it helps protect against different strains of the flu virus, which evolve each year. Some people may be told they need to wait until later in the year to receive their vaccine, so it is important you emphasise your parent carer role, and any other health issues, when booking.

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