Stay Well This Winter – protect yourself and stop the spread
Did you know that having a flu vaccination each year is the single best way of protecting against catching or spreading flu?
Millions of people who are at highest risk are eligible for free vaccines on the NHS. These include:
- Adults over 65
- Pregnant women
- Children aged 2 and 3 as well as pupils in reception class and school years 1 to 4
- People with long-term health conditions (including asthma, COPD and cardiovascular issues)
Protect yourself and prevent flu spreading- to get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife
What about out health and social care staff?
Many front line health and social care staff are also eligible for a free flu vaccination to protect themselves and those they work with.
Flu is most prevalent during the winter months and places extra strain on the health and social care systems.
You do not have to be older or unwell to catch the flu – watch this video for information and a personal account from a member of staff at a hospital in the South as to why healthcare workers should protect themselves against flu.
Protect yourself and prevent flu spreading to those you come into contact with who may be more vulnerable than you- to get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your manager.
For more details on how to help you and your family to stay well this winter visit nhs.uk/staywell
Further information for local authority staff
Are you eligible for a free flu vaccination?
If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, your employer will provide you with a voucher.
Local authorities will give vouchers to anyone who they believe to have a duty of care to protect their patients and service users from flu infection. These are staff for whose work involves contact with people who may fall into the following at risk groups:
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
Participating pharmacies and GP practices will vaccinate staff who present their a voucher and ID badge The reverse side of the voucher lists participating pharmacies and GP practices.
Eligible staff will be vaccinated between the beginning of October 2017 and the end of February 2018.
Information for local authority line managers
If a local authority employee or contractor employee is eligible for a flu vaccination, their line manager should issue them with a voucher and explain the process.