Do you care for an older or disabled person? Help them stay well this winter

Why flu vaccination is important for carers

Carers are people who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

The flu jab is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu.

The flu can be far more serious for the person you care for than you think. It can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and could even land them in hospital.

Don't put it off – contact your GP or pharmacist to get the flu jab now. It's free because you need it.

For further advice on helping yourself and the person you care for stay well this winter, take a look at the selection of articles from NHS Choices below.

If I got ill, Michael wouldn’t be able to look after himself. Getting the free flu vaccination helps me avoid getting ill. If I know that I will be well and that I am looking after myself, I can continue to care for Michael.

Elaine has been caring for her 70-year-old husband Michael for the past 11 years, after he had a stroke

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If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

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