Care workers take up the offer of the free flu vaccine and help protect vulnerable residents

21 November 2017

Care workers take up the offer of the free flu vaccine and help protect vulnerable residents

Children’s Social Worker at Cheshire West and Chester Council, Michael Cornish works directly with children and Families Services and is therefore eligible for the free flu vaccination.   As part of Michael’s role he assesses families and children and supports them to better manage any needs they may have. 

Michael said “I feel it is really important for me to get the flu vaccine as I have a duty of care to protect the children and the families who I deal with from infection and I also reduce the risk of spreading flu.”

The flu vaccine is offered free to those people in groups at particular risk of infection and complications from flu. You are eligible for the free flu vaccination if you are pregnant, or aged over 65, aged under 65 with a long-term health condition or are a main carer of an elderly or disabled person.  Children aged two to school year four (aged eight to nine years) are also eligible and are usually offered a nasal spray vaccination.  Health and Social Care workers who work closely with people in a clinical risk group should be offered a flu vaccination by their employer.

We are now entering the flu season and are expecting a busy period due to recent activity in Australia and New Zealand, where they have experienced high cases of flu and a major strain on their health service.   By getting the flu vaccine, you not only reduce the risk of getting flu yourself, you’ll help protect your family and friends and help reduce the pressure on GP and health services.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Louise Gittins adds “Flu can be serious, making even healthy people feel extremely unwell and unable to carry on with everyday activities.  Getting the vaccination is the most effective method for preventing outbreaks of flu and can help save many lives in the borough.  I encourage all those eligible for the free flu vaccine to take up the offer.” Chris Tait, Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy in Chester said “I would recommend that everyone who can get a flu jab, gets a flu jab. The vaccination helps to protect you, your family, and other people in your local community from the virus who may be at high risk of serious illnesses like pneumonia or even death if they contracted it. By encouraging the community to get their annual vaccination we’re reducing the number of hospital admissions and supporting the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ NHS campaign, helping to alleviate some of the pressure on the health service.”

If you are eligible for the free flu vaccination, please contact your local GP or pharmacy.  Residents who are not eligible for the free flu vaccination and would like to receive a private vaccination at a small fee can visit many pharmacies in the borough.  This will help protect their family and friends and reduce outbreaks. 


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