If you’re the main carer of an older or disabled person who would be at risk if you were ill, you may be entitled to a free NHS flu jab. You can also get one if you get Carer’s Allowance.

As well as helping to protect you from the flu, having a flu vaccination makes it less likely that you’ll pass the virus on to the person you care for. If they’re frail or disabled, for instance, or have a long-term condition, they may be at higher risk of catching the flu and more likely to develop complications and become seriously ill as a result.

How to book your free NHS flu jab

Explain to your GP that you’d like a flu vaccination because the welfare of the person you care for would be at risk if you were ill. Your GP practice will invite you to have an annual flu vaccination.

Ask your GP to make a note on your medical records that you look after someone to alert them that you may need extra support in your caring role.

Vaccinations are usually made available from September.

If you have not already booked your vaccination, you should do this as soon as possible as demand for the flu vaccination is extremely high this year.

Alternatively, you can ask your local pharmacy for a free NHS flu vaccination as many now offer this service and will liaise with your GP practice to let them know that you’ve been vaccinated. The demand for the flu vaccination at pharmacies is also extremely high this year so if you want to be vaccinated at your local pharmacy as opposed to your GP practice, you should do this as soon as possible.