Professionals whose job brings them into regular contact with unpaid carers are being asked to encourage them to get a free flu jab this winter as part of Carers Trust’s ‘Flu Jabs for Carers’ campaign.

Every year, the vast majority of unpaid carers miss out on a free flu jab, despite the fact that they’re entitled to request one if they’re the main carer for someone who’s ill or disabled and whose health would be at risk if they fell ill.

“Unfortunately, many people who care for a partner, relative or friend don’t see themselves as a carer or are far too busy to think about their own health needs,” says Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy at Carers Trust. “That’s why we’re asking professionals for help in getting the message across to carers that they need to be protected from the flu in the same way that NHS staff and care workers do.”

Carers Trust’s campaign is also being supported by Public Health England, who have emphasised carers’ entitlement to a free vaccination in the communications pack they’ve sent out to health and social care organisations across the country.   

For more information please email Julia Ellis, Project Manager for Primary Care and Community Reach at Carers Trust or search for ‘flu’ on Carers Trust’s website.

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.  Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.