Carers urged to get jabs

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With winter fast approaching many of us will be thinking about having a flu jab.

Flu can strike at any time and leave you bed-ridden and unable to function. If you are a carer it’s even more important to think about being vaccinated.

Flu can also be distressing – and dangerous – for a vulnerable person. Carers who aren’t vaccinated are more likely to pass the virus on to the person they care for, who may be particularly susceptible to catching the flu and go on to develop life-threatening complications.

This autumn, many community pharmacies along with GPs will be able to provide free NHS flu vaccinations to carers, aged 18 and over and the main carer.

If you are a carer and haven’t had your flu jab yet, contact your GP or visit your local pharmacy.

Graham Burt,

Chief Executive Officer,

Sunderland Carers’ Centre