If a carer is struck down by the flu and becomes too ill to care, there may be no-one else who can step in and look after the person they care for.
If a carer is looking after someone with a lowered immune system and gets the flu, there is a risk they could pass the virus on to the person they care for, even if that person has had a flu jab themselves.
Visit NHS Carers Direct to find out more.
Receiving your free jab
Government policy is that the flu vaccine should be offered to people who are receiving Carer’s Allowance, or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
To receive your free flu vaccine you must visit your GP and explain that you are a carer.